- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) - San Juan County officials say they can no longer support fire services on the Navajo Nation without contributions from the tribe.

The Daily Times in Farmington reported (https://bit.ly/1d8dqoY ) Saturday that the San Juan County Fire Department will have to stop operating three fire districts on or near the Navajo Nation because of declining funds.

According to the county, Navajo officials have not yet responded to a proposal of solutions such as having the tribe contribute at least $800,000 a year for operational and equipment costs.

Another idea is to close the stations and let the tribe’s own fire department fill the gap.

The county said it requested a response by Friday.

Tribal Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates says the tribe still needs to complete its due diligence before making a decision.

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Information from: The Daily Times, https://www.daily-times.com


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