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Four Corners Information Leader
FARMINGTON NEW MEXICO
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Expensive cleanup follows storm
County, Navajo Nation cope with damage from last week’s snow
— By Steve Lynn — The Daily Times
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SAN JUAN COUNTY — Storms that battered San Juan County cities and towns last week are raising snowremoval costs for local governments as authorities continue to respond. The heavy snowfall led the Navajo Nation to declare a state of emergency. Snow removal and flooding from melting snow on the Navajo Reservation is leading the Nation to spend around $33,000 daily to operate snow removal equipment in what is being called “Operation 2010 Snowfall,” said Selena Manychildren, spokeswoman for the Emergency Operations Center in Window Rock, Ariz. Authorities also are coordinating emergency operations from Shiprock and Crownpoint, she said. The Navajo Nation in Arizona will receive federal aid for disaster relief, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Monday, after mountainous areas
received several feet of snow. Storms left more than a foot of snow in Shiprock and its outlying communities. Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. declared a state of emergency on the reservation Thursday. Authorities have plowed most of the main roads on the reservation, but significant snowfall still exists on dirt roads in the mountains, Manychildren said. Melting snow in other areas left large puddles, causing muddy conditions on dirt roads. Many residents called asking for their driveways to be plowed, she said. Authorities are asking residents to get firewood from chapter houses instead of driving on treacherous roads to gather it from the mountains. People should call 911 during emergencies. They can contact their chapter houses if they need other assistance, including notifying authorities of concerns about road conditions in their areas.
See Weather A2.
Xavier Mascareñas/The Daily Times Farmington Municipal Schools employee James Haley, a grounds foreman, shovels snow off the school bus loading zone at Country Club Elementary School on Monday.
Making the grade
Schools discuss American Indian education standards
Shelter a top priority for Animal League
— By James Monteleone — The Daily Times
Yesterday’s top-read stories at Daily-Times.com.
San Juan College student Joey Tapaha, 21, solves problems through his scientific calculator Monday while studying for an engineering physics class at San Juan College’s Native American Center. — B y E l i z a b e t h P i az z a — The Daily Times
1. Winter weather leaves many in Navajo Nation stranded 2. Man in critical condition after shooting 3. Farmington City Council to weigh subdivision 4. Durango airport looks to expand 5. Farmington’s top planner retires
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FARMINGTON — Half of the American Indian students in Farmington Municipal Schools do not graduate high school, according to data from the New Mexico Public Education Department. The status of American Indian students was presented to more than 20 people attending a meeting of the Farmington Inter-Tribal Indian Organization on Monday at the Farmington Civic Center. The Farmington Inter-Tribal Indian Organization hosted the educational forum to inform the community about how American Indian students are performing at all levels of education. American Indian students in all grade levels did not meet 2009 proficiency goals in reading and math, according to the data. “Our board has a goal specifically looking at Native American students,” said Farmington Superintendent Janel Ryan. “What are the issues and what are we doing to improve?” The New Mexico Standards Based Assessment test, which determines the state’s
Photos by Xavier Mascareñas/The Daily Times Deidra Mannie, 22, studies for an English class in a stairwell Monday at San Juan College. Mannie, a computer science major, graduated from Farmington High School in 2006. DeAnna Yazzie, studying for a health information technology class, sits next to Kevin Jensen, studying for a conceptual math class, in the Native American Center at San Juan College on Monday.
See Standards A8.
FARMINGTON —Leaders of the San Juan Animal League during its annual meeting Monday reiterated the need to build a new animal shelter to reduce the number of animals euthanized in Farmington. More than 6,285 animals were euthanized at the Farmington Animal Shelter in 2008, the most recent available data. Animals put down in 2007 and 2008 represented more than 73 percent of all animals admitted at the Farmington shelter each year. Just 18 percent of animals were adopted both years, according to the data. “I guarantee you the No. 1 message we’re sending loud and clear is that we want a new regional animal shelter,” said Animal League President Betty Berry. “And believe you me, we’re going to get it.” Founded in 1974 to advocate creation of the current Farmington Animal Shelter, the San Juan Animal League still is speaking for those animals that can’t speak for themselves, Berry said. The Animal League operates a number of community animal welfare programs, including discounted spay/neuter clinics, rabies vaccine clinics, pet food collections for needy families, emergency veterinary funds and financial support for rescuers of abandoned animals. The group’s spay/neuter program helped pay costs for 350 dogs and 260 cats to be treated, which Animal League Committee Chairwoman Donna Ogilvie called “our biggest and best year
See Shelter A2.
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Solving a financial crisis with pie
Plate at Childhaven auction sold for $50,000
— B y E l iz a b e t h P ia zza — The Daily Times
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Rebecca Craig/The Daily Times This pie plate was auctioned off for $50,000 for Childhaven’s phone campaign.
FARMINGTON — An unusual item that sold at a recent auction for more than 500 times its value helped one agency save several programs that were at risk after a series of recent budget cuts. BP America purchased a handcrafted pie plate for $50,000 at the 18th annual Childhaven Foundation “Phone for Children” Cam-
paign in December, meeting the agency’s fund-raising goal with one item. Officials estimate the pie plate normally sells for $70 to $100. “At this time, it means we’ll be able to keep all of our programs intact,” said Jamie Church, director of the Childhaven Foundation. About $50,000 of funding for Childhaven was cut by state officials this year in two separate cuts, and another 3-
percent cut was announced in December. In addition, Childhaven recently was designated a core service agency by the state, giving the program added responsibility of helping all the children in San Juan County, but without any additional funding. The situation left agency officials scrambling to make ends meet.
See Auction A2.