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Photos by Frank X. Moraga/; Richard and Ruth Eaton; and Esteban Villarreal.

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FLAGSTAFF — The Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) held its inagural drop-off Community Food Drive as a socially distant alternative to its annual César E. Chávez celebration from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 27 at the Market of Dreams / Mercado de los Sueños,, 2532 E. 7th Ave., at the corner of 4th and 7th streets, Flagstaff. 

Nearly 500 pounds of food were collected, along with nearly $500 in cash donations.

All donations went to the Flagstaff Family Food Center for distribution to the community.

Thank you to former Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans for conducting Facebook Live interviews to spread the word about the event, and to supporting partners The Market of Dreams / Mercado de los Sueños and Radio Sunnyside KSZN-LP 101.5 FM.

The event was promoted in the Arizona Daily Sun and KAFF Country 92.9 FM

CHAC members braved gusty winds and chilly temperatures to set up the donation boxes just outside the Market of Dreams / Mercado de los Sueños.

Community members were invited drop off such donations as:

Peanut Butter, canned vegetables, tuna and other canned protein, pasta, cereal and canned fruit. 

Thank you very much for supporting the community. Your help is very much appreciated.


John Haro, Chair

Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council

About CHAC: The Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council was established in 2001 with thepurpose of advising the County Board of Supervisors on issues and concerns that affect the Hispanic community in Coconino County. In addition to serving as an advisory group to the county supervisors,the council has identified the following five major areas of focus:

  • To conduct forums on issues and concerns of the Hispanic community
  • To promote awareness of the need for diversity in employment, training and economicdevelopment
  • To assist Coconino County in recruiting and retaining Hispanic employees
  • To promote Hispanic culture, arts, historic activities and events
  • To examine and make policy recommendations in the areas of education, housing, land use, health, social services, recreation and criminal justice issues.

Prior to the pandemic, CHAC members presented such activities as the annual César E. Chávez Community Recognition Breakfast at American Legion Post 3; and took part in such events as the annual Armed Forces Day Parade, the Cinco de Mayo dinner/dance at the American Legion Post 3 and the 4th of July Parade. Members look forward to taking part in such events in 2022.


The Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) can now be found on Instagram


Initial postings include:

A Mi Gente Mondays profile on Delia Munoz, winner of the 2020 Al Merito Award, which was established in 1973 to to recognize individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions and serve as role models for preserving Arizona’s rich history. Visit our Instagram site for more information.

A Mi Gente Mondays profile on J Michael Cruz, a member of the Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC). Michael is an applied sociologist who currently works as the Director of Operations for Native Americans for Community Action- a local nonprofit providing medical and behavioral health care and social support services for any member of the local community in need. He is a third-generation Mexican American from Texas, having moved to Flagstaff in late 2018. Visit our Instagram site for more information.

An update on the Sept. 30, 2020 deadline to complete the U.S. Completing the 2020 Census has an impact on our community. The U.S. Census Bureau is committed and legally responsible to keep the information provided by the public private and secure. You can complete the census online at

More news and information to come so keep checking our Instagram at


CHAC presents public meetings first Wednesday of every month*


FLAGSTAFF — The Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) holds public meetings at 5:30 p.m. the first Wednesday* of every month normally at the Coconino County Administration Building, 219 E. Cherry Ave., Flagstaff, Arizona.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, CHAC meetings will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. Call 928-679-7135, send an email to Susie Garretson at or visit for more information.

*Meetings are subject to change due to holidays, annual board retreat in January**. Notification of changes will be announced 24 hours before the meeting. Contact Susie Garretson at or 928-679-7135 for the next meeting date.

Download agendas, minutes HERE

CHAC serves as an official liaison and communications link between the Hispanic community and the Coconino County Board of Supervisors, so please bring any concerns you may have about equal education opportunities, fair employment, juvenile justice, political representation and other issues.

CHAC is a supporter of the Ballet Folklórico de Colores — Flagstaff, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, the Hispanic Convocation at Northern Arizona University, the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association of Flagstaff and other organizations.

** In lieu of a meeting, CHAC will hold a planning retreat in January


 — El Consejo Asesor Hispano del Condado de Coconino (CHAC) celebra reuniones públicas a las 5:30 pm el primer miércoles de cada mes normalmente en el Edificio de Administración del Condado de Coconino, Junta de Supervisores Cámaras, 219 E. Cherry Ave., Flagstaff.

Durante la pandemia de COVID-19, las reuniones de CHAC se llevarán a cabo virtualmente a través de Microsoft Teams. Llame al 928-679-7135 o envíe un correo electrónico a Susie Garretson at o visite para más información.

* * Las reuniones están sujetas a cambios debido a días festivos, retiro anual de la junta en enero **.  Notificación de cambios se darán a conocer 24 hours antes de la reunión. Llame al 928-679-7135 o envíe un correo electrónico a Susie Garretson at para la próxima fecha de reunión.

CHAC sirve como enlace oficial y nexos de comunicación entre la comunidad hispana y la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Coconino, así que por favor traiga cualquier preocupación que pueda tener acerca de la igualdad de oportunidades de educación, empleo justo, la justicia de menores, la representación política y otros temas.

CHAC es un partidario del Ballet Folklórico de Colores – Flagstaff, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, la Convocación Hispana en la Universidad del Norte de Arizona, la Asociación de Vecinos de Sunnyside de Flagstaff y otras organizaciones.

** En lugar de una reunión, CHAC llevará a cabo un retiro de planificación en enero.

CHAC joins other Coconino County Diversity Councils during Downtown Flagstaff 2019 Holiday Parade of Lights

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Photos by Frank X. Moraga / ©2019

FLAGSTAFF — Dozens of local businesses, nonprofit organizations, schools, public safety and other agencies took part in the 2019 Vora Financial Holiday Parade of Lights, held Dec. 14 in downtown Flagstaff.

Joining the parade this year were members of the Coconino County Tri-Diversity Council, which includes the Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC), the Inter-tribal Advisory Council and the African American Advisory Council.


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CHAC honors Purple Heart recipients, community and student leaders at 2019 César E. Chávez Community Recognition Breakfast

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Photos by Frank X. Moraga & Richard Eaton ©2019 AmigosNAZ
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FLAGSTAFF— Area Purple Heart recipients and their family members received a well-deserved community recognition, while a representative from the Cesar Chavez Foundation recounted the organization’s past while outlining the steps to share the vision César E. Chávez to a new generation, during the fifth annual César E. Chávez Community Recognition Breakfast held Friday, March 29, 2019 at American Legion Mark A. Moore Post No. 3, Flagstaff.

The celebration, which drew a record audience of 150-plus commuity members, dignitaries and elected officials, was presented by the Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC).

Purple Heart recipients honored during the event included Daniel M. Bernardo, Lance Davison, Clory Duran, Miguel Eugene Garcia, Joseph Hudson, Marc. A Hunter, Lori Ann Piestewa, Simon A. Sandoval Jr., Tom G. Urias and Guadalupe Velasco Jr.

Bill Barquin, chair of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and chief operating officer for the Cesar Chavez Foundation’s Communications Fund and its flagship program — Radio Compesina, served as keynote speaker. Barquinhas been recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as a 40 under 40 Leader in Arizona, as well as a recipient of the Univision Communications “40 Under 40 Hispanic Leaders in Arizona” and Cox Communication’s Hispanic Leader of Arizona.

The celebration also included the presentation of the Community Life Time Award presented to the memory of Robert A. Reyes, a U.S. Navy veteran who passed away on Dec. 31, 2018. “Bobby” was a past State Commander of the American Legion and retired in 2014 as the Post Adjutant.

The 2019 Community Leadership Award was presented to Joe Gutierrez, who has been a principal at Killip Elementary School in Sunnyside for 24 years. Student awards were presented to Omar Gomez, a senior at Northern Arizona University and David Joseph Melendez-Salgado, also a senior at Northern Arizona University.

Planning is already under way for the 2020 celebration. CHAC also plans to honor other area Purple Heart recipients at its future monthly meetings. Recipients or their family members should provide contact information to Susan Garretson at