Shiprock housing units: ‘the light at end of the tunnel’<br>

Photo by Rick Abasta

Herman Light, left, Leonard Teller, Eleanor Light and Larry Manuelito speak of the long road to completing construction for the 58 public rental units in Shiprock, N.M. The Lights are life-long friends with Manuelito, as all three graduated from Rehoboth High School.

“Eleanor came in and saw the future we didn’t see. We met in this little townhouse and planned what we needed to do,” Begay said. “Eleanor used to say, ‘Dream, dream, dream.’

“But, after four years of board meetings, we couldn’t dream. This has been going on for six years. I’m going to be retiring soon. I’m the one that’s going to be moving into those homes,” Begay added.

Through high school connections, Light managed to get assistance from Larry Manuelito, a former Rehoboth High School graduate and friend of the Light family.

Manuelito is the manager/principal for Chuska Sahara, a construction company that has worked across the Navajo Nation on various projects, including the Ganado Sports Pavilion.

Manuelito’s extensive connections in the construction industry led the group to Mel Ottley, whose experience in development and construction brought stability to the project.

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