Shiprock meeting will cover management of Navajo forestland

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FARMINGTON — The San Juan County Commission will consider awarding a bid for renovations of the Flora Vista Fire Station 1 during its meeting this week.

Fire Station 1 is located about 2 miles west of Aztec on N.M. Highway 516.

The County Commission meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the County Administration Offices, 100 S. Oliver Drive in Aztec.

The San Juan Water Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at 7450 E. Main St. in Farmington. The agenda has not been released.

The Farmington Animal Services Advisory Committee will have its quarterly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Farmington City Hall, 800 N. Municipal Drive. The committee will hear a shelter report and will discuss microchipping.

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Santa Fe. The meeting can be viewed live online. The commission will discuss the impacts of the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 on utilities.

There will be a community meeting to learn about proposals by the Navajo Nation Forestry Department for management and conservation of 705,878 acres of forestland on the reservation.

The department has developed three options and will collect feedback as part of the effort to develop the Navajo Forestlands Integrated Resource Management Plan.

The plan would address the protection, use and management of Navajo Mountain, Mount Powell, Carrizo Mountain, Defiance Plateau and Ch'ooshgai Mountain.

The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Sen. John Pinto Library at Diné College's south campus in Shiprock.

The Central Consolidated School District Board of Education will have a special meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Shiprock Board Room in Shiprock.

A discussion will take place about the status and future of the Johnson-O'Malley Program, according to the agenda. The Johnson-O'Malley Program is a federal program that provides supplemental funding and services for eligible Native American students enrolled in public schools and previously private schools.

Renee Lucero, spokeswoman for the district, said personnel for the Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education were invited to attend and the district will present proposals for continuing the department's relationship with the program.

The tribe's education department oversees the distribution of the federal funding to eligible school districts located on and off the reservation.

Under the action item section on the agenda, determining the future status of the program with the district is listed.

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