Saturday event will focus on mine spill

The Daily Times staff
Discolored water from the Animas River mixes with the San Juan River on Aug. 8, 2015, in the aftermath of the Gold King Mine spill.

FARMINGTON – A teach-in session this weekend in Shiprock will focus on the Gold King Mine spill.

The presentations made at the event are designed to help address lingering community concerns and deal with a project being conducted by a research team from the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University, according to a press release.

The presentations listed on the event agenda include one by local botanist Arnold Clifford, who will discuss the geologic and traditional history of Shiprock.

Karletta Chief, the research team’s principal investigator, will provide information about the project, including what type of testing has been completed on samples collected from the San Juan River.

The teach-in will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Shiprock Youth Complex, 4198 U.S. Highway 491.

It is sponsored by Tó Bei Nihi Dziil, the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, Diné College and the Navajo Community Health Representatives program.

For more information, contact Janene Yazzie at 917-636-2392 or