Meetings: Navajo Nation Council spring session starts; Farmington looks at studio location

The Daily Times staff
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, second from left, was joined by first lady Phefelia Herbert-Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer and second lady Dottie Lizer for the State of the Nation address during the Navajo Nation Council winter session on Jan. 28 at the council chamber in Window Rock, Ariz.

FARMINGTON — Bills to confirm nominees to lead various divisions and departments on the Navajo Nation dominate the proposed agenda for the tribal council's spring session.

The 12 bills call on the Navajo Nation Council to approve the appointments made by tribal President Jonathan Nez since January.

Separate legislation seeks the confirmation of five delegates to serve on the Eastern Navajo Land Commission.

Speaker Seth Damon nominated himself along with Delegates Mark Freeland, Daniel E. Tso, Edmund Yazzie and Jamie Henio. The bill includes confirming a nominee by President Nez.

The council will also consider legislation to rescind changes to the Navajo Preference in Employment Act.

The measure was tabled and referred back to the Naa'bik'íyáti' Committee during the winter session in January.

Among the report the council will hear on the first day of the spring session is the State of the Nation address by Nez.

The session starts at 10 a.m. Monday at the council chamber in Window Rock, Arizona.

Farmington's Animas District, seen on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, may be put forth as a possible home to a new film studio. The area is one of San Juan County's opportunity zones and the city has acquired land there.

Farmington may propose Animas District location for film studio

San Juan County has received $1 million of Capital Outlay money for a film studio. The City of Farmington may propose locating this film studio in the Animas District, located south of downtown Farmington and north of the Animas River. The city has recently acquired land in the district.

The Farmington Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Commission will discuss this proposal during its monthly meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the downtown headquarters, also known as HQ, located at 119 W. Main St. in Farmington.

City Council will discuss park conceptual designs

Farmington has been developing plans for an iconic park at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park as well as extending the river trail. The Farmington City Council will discuss the conceptual designs during a work session at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Farmington City Hall, 800 N. Municipal Drive. The meeting can be viewed online at

County will discuss interstate broadband

Representatives from Four Corners Economic Development and the Southwest Colorado Council of Governments will ask the San Juan County Commission for support in an effort to expand the interstate broadband network. The County Commission meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the county administration building, 100 S. Oliver Drive in Aztec.

CCSD board to meet in Kirtland

A regular meeting of the Central Consolidated School District Board of Education is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kirtland Board Room in Kirtland.

Board members will recognize athletes who participated in sports during the winter season as well as winners of the See Something Say Something poster contest.