Kayenta Earth Week 2018

Kayenta Township designated this past week earth week, and I must say that the community of Kayenta pulled it off. Altogether the community of Kayenta gathered 60 Cubic Yards of Trash!



Trash was collected:

  • North of Laguna Creek Bridge on US Highway 163
  • Heading east out of Kayenta on US Highway 160
  • South on BIA Route N591
  • West of Kayenta on US Highway 160






I would like to thank the following organizations for helping out with this effort and making this possible for Kayenta.

  • Community Members of Kayenta
  • The Teachers of Kayenta Unified School District
  • Kayenta Township
  • ADOT
  • Kayenta Fire Department
  • Blue Coffee Pot
  • The Kayenta Chapter

JoDonna Hall- Ward proud owner of Blue Coffee Pot and a Kayenta Township Commissioner helped tremendously with her 40oz bottle recycling that she puts together every year.



Altogether with her efforts she was able to collect 23,033 40oz bottles. That translates to $1,151.65 of her own money that she put up to get rid of this eye sore in the community of Kayenta. The Kayenta Township is currently assisting with the hauling and disposal fees of these 40oz bottles in White Mesa, Utah with an additional estimated cost of $2000.00.




I truly believe we banned together as a community and made Kayenta better for our community members and visitors from all over the world. I sincerely hope that we all take pride in our community and take a sense of ownership of Kayenta that we call home. Thank you to all who came out and assisted with “Earth Week” here in Kayenta and making this week one for the books.


Gabriel Yazzie – Kayenta Town Manager


Monument Valley KOA Journey Campground Open For 2018 Summer Season

KOA News Service (MARCH 27, 2018) – The Monument Valley KOA Journey campground, located at MM2, US Highway 163 in Monument Valley, is now open for the 2018 summer camping season.

“Campground owners at KOAs throughout the U.S. and Canada have been working hard to get ready for the season ahead,” said KOA President Toby O’Rourke. “They’re ready to provide outstanding experiences to their guests, and we are all looking forward to a fantastic season ahead.”

For the third year in a row, KOA has partnered with Keystone RV Company to get the camping season started off right. The grand prize winner of the 2018 “What’s Behind the Yellow Sign?” Giveaway will receive a Keystone Passport ROV Travel Trailer valued at $19,800, as well as a $500 KOA gift card and $1000 in cash.

The Giveaway will run through May 31, 2018. Campers can enter daily by visiting www.BehindTheSignGiveaway.com or on the Kampgrounds of America, Inc. Facebook page.

KOA has just released its 2018 Edition of the KOA Directory, a complete travel atlas of every U.S. state and Canadian province. It includes a descriptive listing of each KOA campground, including the Monument Valley KOA Journey, as well as detailed maps and directions to each location. It is free at any KOA campground and available online at http://koa.uberflip.com/i/784851-2018-koa-directory.

Kampgrounds of America is celebrating its 56th Anniversary in 2018. KOA, the world’s largest network of family-friendly campgrounds with more than 500 locations in North America, was born on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Billings, Montana in 1962.

Drivers should plan for extra time on US 163 north of Kayenta due to construction project that begins today

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan for extra time when traveling on US 163 north of Kayenta during a scheduled six-month-long construction project that begins today (March 14).

The 1-mile work zone, located between mileposts 400 and 401, is approximately 5 miles north
of Kayenta. Drivers traveling between Kayenta and the Utah state line will use a temporary detour alongside US 163 to continue north- and southbound travel through the work zone. US 163 is the highway motorists use to access the popular Monument Valley Navajo Tribal park near the Arizona-Utah border.

Drivers should expect intermittent delays of up to 30 minutes during the construction project, which is  needed to improve the drainage system along this portion of US 163 during rain storms.

Motorists should slow down and use caution through the work zone. To learn more about the US 163 roadway improvement project, visit [www.azdot.gov/US163]www.azdot.gov/US163.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email Projects@azdot.gov. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except when driving.

Statement from Secretary Zinke on Navajo Nation Council vote to extend lease of Navajo Generating Station

WASHINGTON – Statement from U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke after the Navajo Nation Council has ratified a new lease with the Salt River Project to provide for continued operations of the Navajo Generating Station through 2019:

“Since the first weeks of the Trump Administration, one of Interior’s top priorities has been to roll up our sleeves with diverse stakeholders in search of an economic path forward to extend NGS and Kayenta Mine operations after 2019.  Operating NGS and the Kayenta Mine through 2019 is the first step to meet this priority.

“This Navajo Nation Council’s endorsement of a new lease gives NGS and Kayenta Mine workers a fighting chance and gives Navajo and Hopi economies a moment to regroup for the work ahead. Now, NGS operations can continue while stakeholders examine opportunities for a new operating partner to extend the life of the plant beyond its original 50-year lease.

“I salute Council Speaker Lorenzo Bates and Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye for their leadership and their partnership. Interior is a proud defender of the Nation’s sovereignty – as well as the sovereignty of the Hopi Tribe – as we work together to chart the future of this important facility.”


The Navajo Generating Station is a three-unit, 2,250-megawatt, coal-fired power plant located on tribal trust lands leased from the Navajo Nation near Page, Arizona. Coal for NGS comes from the Kayenta Mine located on tribal trust lands leased from the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe.

Current NGS co-owners have expressed their intention to not operate the facility after December 2019; as a result, stakeholders associated with NGS have been jointly discussing the facility’s future in talks facilitated by Interior.

Without the new lease ratified by the Navajo Nation this week, preparations to start the decommissioning of the plant would be required as early as next month. The new lease allows the operating owner of the facility – the Salt River Project – to defer any decommissioning activities until after the original 50-year lease period concludes, in December of 2019. This allows NGS and Kayenta Mine operations to continue in the near-term without interruption, and allows more time to find new ownership for NGS.

Plan for restrictions on US 191 near Many Farms

Fuel spill cleanup expected to last three weeks

US 191 on the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona is narrowed to one lane only near Many Farms for the next three weeks so crews can clean up diesel fuel that spilled during a serious crash on May 14. The lane restriction is in place around-the-clock until cleanup work is complete.

Drivers should plan for a reduced speed limit and be prepared to stop as they approach the work zone at milepost 458.9. Flaggers will direct alternating traffic through the open travel lane. Expect delays of up to 15 minutes. The lane restriction on US 191 is scheduled be lifted by the second week of June barring weather or other unforeseen conditions.

If you have questions or comments, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email [projects@azdot.gov]Projects@azdot.gov.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions and closures, but it’s possible that unscheduled impacts might occur because of weather or other factors. For the most current information about highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information site at az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving.

Add time for travel to Page on US 89 Wednesday and Thursday

Motorists traveling on US 89 to Page should allow extra time while surface sealant is applied on a nine-mile segment of the roadway just south of Horseshoe Bend Overlook. Work will occur between mileposts 537 and 546 during daylight hours Wednesday, May 17, and Thursday, May 18.

The roadway will be reduced to one lane with a pilot car guiding alternating traffic through the work zone. Drivers should observe reduced speed limits and watch for construction personnel and equipment in the work zone.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions and closures, but it’s possible that unscheduled impacts might occur because of weather or other factors. For the most current information about highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving

Secretary Zinke Promotes Authentic Native American Art and Craftwork

WASHINGTON, DC:    Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke recently recorded a public service announcement highlighting the importance of purchasing authentic American Indian and Alaska Native art and craftwork in accordance with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, https://www.doi.gov/iacb/472017-secretary-zinke-promotes-indian-artists. Secretary Zinke is an adopted member of the Assiniboine Sioux Tribe of the Fort Peck Reservation.

“I know that some of our country’s most skilled artisans are American Indians and Alaska Natives. Under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, it is illegal to sell any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is produced by American Indians or Alaska Natives. Take home a treasure from Indian Country and please buy authentic Native American art and craftwork,” states Secretary Zinke.

Harvey Pratt, Chairman of the Interior Department’s Indian Arts and Crafts Board and master Cheyenne-Arapaho artist, welcomes and applauds Secretary Zinke’s public service announcement. “The Indian Arts and Crafts Act is intended to protect Native American artists and artisans who rely heavily on the production and sale of traditional and contemporary art and craftwork to provide their economic livelihood, preserve their rich heritage, and pass along their unique culture from generation to generation”, explains Chairman Pratt.

The Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior, promotes the production, sale, and protection of authentic Native American art and craftwork through its three museums and exhibition programs, on-line Source Directory of authentic Native American art businesses, intellectual property rights protection and consumer education activities, and active enforcement of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act.

To learn more, please visit the Indian Arts and Crafts Board’s website (www.doi.gov/iacb) or call them toll free at 1-888-ART-FAKE.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces More Than $9 Million for Tribal Transportation Safety Improvements

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced today that 74 tribes in 20 states will receive more than $9 million for 77 projects from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)’s Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF) to improve transportation safety on tribal lands.

“Transportation is a key to accessing opportunity and we are committed to helping make travel safer on tribal roads,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao. “These funds will assist tribal communities in building a system that improves safety for the traveling public and provides residents increased access to greater long-term economic opportunity.”

The funds will be used for safety planning and roadway improvements. FHWA received 172 applications from 128 recognized tribes requesting a total of $40.3 million in assistance.

Congress created the program to improve highway safety on tribal roads and other transportation facilities – statistically, some of the most hazardous in the nation because of poor physical condition and other factors. Examples of this year’s grant recipients include:


  • The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota will receive $950,175 to build a 4.1-mile-long bike/pedestrian trail to improve safety of area pedestrians.

  • The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana will receive $438,531 to install and upgrade guardrail at 21 locations, including at bridge approaches and embankments, which is expected to reduce roadway departure crashes at the identified locations by 25 percent.

  • The Colorado River Indian Tribes in Arizona will receive $408,500 to construct turn lanes and other intersection improvements at First Avenue to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes on a road that has experienced four fatal crashes in the past 15 years.

  • The Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa will receive $156,560 to build the West Village frontage road. When completed, it will reduce the number of vehicles at two intersections along US-30 and improve safety for tribal members, tribal operations staff and emergency service personnel driving to and from the main body of the Meskwaki Settlement to West Village.

  • The Navajo Nation in New Mexico will receive $72,000 to improve safety of BIA Route N36 by installing additional signs and rehabilitating nearly 30 miles of pavement on one of the state’s most dangerous roads. 

  • The Native Village of Kotzebue in Alaska will receive $43,861 to prevent accidents and improve safety with school zone and parking lot improvements for the Nikaitchuat Ilisagviat School, which serves young children. The new paved and striped parking lot will direct traffic smoothly and safely during pick-up and drop-off times, and provide enough parking capacity for the building which is shared with the Tribal Council.

A complete list of this year’s recipients, and additional detail about the program, can be found online at http://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/progra ms/ttp/