Navajo County representatives tour Kayenta, discuss future plans

Board of Supervisors, staff meet with local citizens and community leaders at town hall meeting

Navajo County Supervisor Percy Deal (District I, left), Supervisor Jesse Thompson (District II), Supervisor J.R. DeSpain (District III) and Navajo County Manager Jimmy Jayne meet at the Navajo County Courts Complex in Kayenta (Courtesy photo).

Navajo County Supervisor Percy Deal (District I, left), Supervisor Jesse Thompson (District II), Supervisor J.R. DeSpain (District III) and Navajo County Manager Jimmy Jayne meet at the Navajo County Courts Complex in Kayenta (Courtesy photo).

KAYENTA-The Navajo County Board of Supervisors held their annual public Kayenta town hall meeting Oct. 15 at the Navajo County Justice Court in Kayenta.

Among those in attendance were board vice chairman J. R. DeSpain, Superior Court Judge Michala Ruechel, Kayenta Justice of the Peace Susie Nelson, county supervisors Percy Deal (District 1) and Jesse Thompson (District 2), County Assessor Cammy Darris, Superintendent of Schools Linda Morrow, Pinetop Justice of the Peace David Widmaier, Chief Deputy Sheriff Bernard Huser, and the Honorable Evelyn Bradley, along with other Navajo County and community officials.

"It was a good meeting and a great opportunity to hear from the citizens of this area," said Deal. "It's very valuable for the county to hear their input."

Various elected officials along with Navajo County staff toured Kayenta on Sunday, Oct. 14. The tour was led by Anthony Peterman of the Kayenta township. The group visited various sites and roads designated for development and the schools in the Kayenta area.

"The Kayneta School District has been doing a phenomenal job over the last few years," said Morrow. "They've really worked very hard to meet the 'No Child Left Behind' deadlines."

Morrow also joined the group in expressing congratulations on the development of the new recreation park.

Peterman and the Navajo County staff also toured the Kayenta airport, accompanied by Kim Stevens, deputy director of the Arizona Department of Transportation Aviation Division. At the meeting, Stevens gave a short presentation about ways in which the township may partner with state and federal agencies to improve the Kayenta airport.

Navajo County also honored retired Justice of the Peace Evelyn Bradley. Deal also presented the manager of the Kayenta Bashas' Diné Market with a plaque honoring Adrienne Begay, winner of Bashas' statewide "Pack Off" competition.

Deal and Thompson gave an overview of various Navajo County transportation projects with Public Works Director Dusty Parsons. Other presentations included a discussion of election information, led by Navajo County elections director Lisa McKee.

"It's a great thing, that we can gather like this once a year," said Thompson. "Hopefully we'll see even more people here next year."

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