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Navajo Homes Have Electricity
For the First Time

Atlantic Wire, by Sara Morrison

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Posted By:MissMolly, 4/14/2014 5:17:37 AM

People who live in some of the remotest areas of the country have electricity for the first time ever. Sixty-three homes in the LeChee community of the Navajo Nation, located just south of Page, Arizona, either have already been or will soon be given electricity as part of an ongoing project to bring power to the area. According to the AP, an estimated 15,000 homes in Navajo Nation don´t have electricity. Some prefer it this way, while others live so far away from power stations or each other that it would be "too expensive" to connect them to the grid. Expensive

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: str8divorcee, 4/14/2014 5:44:05 AM     (No. 9809804)

The author says it´s shameful that people live "in this country" and lack desired electricity. But they DON´T live in this country. They live on the Navajo Nation, where it is illegal for them to have the electricity available right next door. That is not American shame. That is Navajo shame.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Trigger2, 4/14/2014 6:25:16 AM     (No. 9809826)

The Rural Electrification Program must have run out of golf courses and marinas to fund, so demonrats had no choice but to provide electricity to the Navajos. Wait until those Navajos get their bills that Barry will necessarily sky rocket.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Bevan, 4/14/2014 6:34:54 AM     (No. 9809836)

Future trivia question:
Who was the first Navajo to wire ahead for a reservation?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Theadora, 4/14/2014 7:27:12 AM     (No. 9809876)

Have to get them on the grid, don´t you know?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: StormCnter, 4/14/2014 7:43:24 AM     (No. 9809891)

Whatever the reason(s) these families have not had power in the past, I´m pretty sure they are overjoyed to have it now. REA changed the lives of rural residents in that long-ago time of the thirties and forties. It´s truly a shame for any home to be powerless this many years later.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: provide, 4/14/2014 7:45:22 AM     (No. 9809893)

They can now join the rest of us and pay state add on fees too.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: varkdriver, 4/14/2014 7:51:06 AM     (No. 9809895)

Now they can open casinos that are like the stars at night, big and bright! Place your bets...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Calico Al, 4/14/2014 7:59:49 AM     (No. 9809906)

No electric for all these years. They must have communicated by smoke signal.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: earlybird, 4/14/2014 9:16:05 AM     (No. 9809978)

"Some prefer it this way..."

It never occurs to the liberal do-gooders that there are people in our country who live where they want to, the way they want to, because that is THEIR choice.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: tipover, 4/14/2014 12:00:08 PM     (No. 9810177)

Remote locations are actually a decent place for wind or solar (depends on the location) installations. Idaho Power has been this for at least a decade. Much cheaper than running towers, poles and lines in many cases.

Of course these systems have to be maintained, which is another matter.

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