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LeChee families flip the switch for first time

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014




Alvin and Margie Tso have lived here among the ancient, cross-bedded sandstone with their livestock since 1954 when Alvin returned home from the Korean War.

They raised eight children, saw work begin on the Glen Canyon Dam and the town of Page emerge from Manson Mesa. They watched in the mid-1970s as the Navajo Generating Station rose day-by-day where their cattle used to graze.

“So it’s been a while,” Alvin said. “And we’re here as ranchers. My dad and my grandfather had their roots here, too. They’re the ones that ran cattle from the past. So we’re that breed.”

For decades, the Tsos have patiently waited for their turn for electricity.

This month, they will join more than five dozen families from LeChee who will receive power for the first time through a $4.7 million joint project of the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, NGS and LeChee Chapter, with funding from the Navajo Nation Abandoned Mine Lands Program and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.



For the complete article see the 04-09-2014 issue.

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