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? THE NAVAJO TIMES October, 1960
Glen Canyon
(Continued from page IS)
their trailer service lines and
headed to find new jobs elsewhere.
Now, after eight months of hard
work, real progress is evident.
Two pairs of cablesway towers
(soon to tie three) roll up and
down the lips of the canyon, each
pair suspending giant buckets cap
able of lowering 24 tons of con
crete to the dadisite.
Each cableway could handle 50
tons if necessary.
Trucks, Night, Dad
Three million barrels of cement
worth $9.7 million are being haul
ed by truck to the damsite from
Clarksdale, Ariz., 180 miles away.
On the average a truck arrives
every 33 minutes, night and day.
In addition, 200 l Qoo v tons of poz
solan, a pulverized pumice rock
similar to kitchen cleanser, is be
ing shipped constantly from a point
near Flagstaff, Ariz. This mater
ial, a development of the last 20
years as far as U.S. dam-building
is concerned, reacts with Portland
cement to become “cementace
eus.” That means it will replace
some of the more expensive cem
ent, *>t a saving of $1 million.
It also makes a firmer matrix for
the aggregate dug from Wah-
Weap Creek near the damsite.
The pozzolan is costing $2.5 mil
The 1,300 workmen employed
by Merritt Chapman and Scott,
the prime contrator, are working
• five-day week. There is no plan
to go to a longer work week, ait
least at present.
This gives the men a two-day
weekend. The bachelors with a
yen to whoop it up, frequently
take off for Phoenix, Flagstaff or
Las Vegas. The amily men usu
ally stay home or take their fam
ilies on long jaunts through this
picturesque desert country.
Darrell Staggers, chief of the
materials control branch for the
Bureau of( etaoin shrdlu emfeat
bureau of Reclamation, is typical
of the latter. He has been at
Glen Canyon since 1957 and has a
two-story trailer for weekend use.
Staggers rates the “livability”
of the Glen Canyon area as “aw
ful close” to that of Lakewood,
Colo., his former home. Staggers,
like many others among the 275-
member bureau staff, lives in a
comfortable cinderblock home.
But most workers for Merritt
Chapman and Scot continue to live
in trailer homes. There are 800
MCS families in trailers, the bal
ance are in apartments or various
accommodations. The trailers ap
pear comfortable, many have
lawns and some even have gar
dens. A new trailer park, for which
the site developer bid SIB,OOO, was
approved recently.
Page this fall opened new ele
mentary and high school build,
ings, replacing temporary build
ings. Enrollment totaled t,176.
Mrs. Giles (Bobbie) Anderson,
wife of the bureau’s personnel of
ficer at Page, says most residents
are happy and work to es
tablish communis institutions.
“Page is perfect for children, ’
Mrs. Anderson said. “There are
enough activities to 'Jive chil
dren all the things they reed.”
Glen Canyon Oam is the key
unit, and largest reservoir, of the
Upper Colorado River Storage pro
gram enacted a 1956.
Under this P'an dams are be
ing built to store water for Colo
rado, Utah, Wyoming and New ,
Mexico, with a tiny "tion set 1
aside for the nortteast corner of!
Glen Canyon w«‘l store 28 mil
ilon acre-feet of vater, nio-c than
all the remainder of the program
put together.
In wet years it can store wa
ter to help meet the downstream
commitment to California and Ari
zona in dry years.
Other dams are the Flaming
Gorge, in northern Utan; Navajo,
in northwestern New Mexico, and
the Curecanti in Colorado.
Glep Canyon will have two ma
jor by-products: power and recre
ation. The 900,000 kilowatts of
power turned out by its eight
giant generators will help pay the
cost of construction.
Just how the power is to be
marketed hasn’t been decided. In
terior Secretary Fred Seaton has
proposed that power be marketed
according to these priorities: Up
per Basin public pewer users;
Arizona public power users; Up
per Basin private users, and Low
er Basin private users.
Western sportsmen also are
looking forward to Glen Canyon
with anticipation. The 150-mile -
long reservoir will provide a mas
sive addition to the Rocky Moun
tain Empire’s fishing and recre
ational values.
The National Park Service al
ready has established headquart
ers here and is working up plans
for concession sites located on
the 1,890-mile shoreline of Glen
Canyon Reservoir.
Ola hands say Glen Canyon will
have better fishing than Lake
Mean, famous Hoover Dam reser-
Canyon’s higher altitude it is ex
voir downstream. Because of Glen
pected to support trout —some
thing Mead doesn’t produce suc
Five million trout will be plant
James M. Eden, recreation area
chief, said estimates are that 500,-
000 people will be using the pro w
ject by 1963 and 1 million by 1966?
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Death Marks
. , ... V
Kee McCabe# a Navajo
may have been cu*cu oi ms u.ncss
during a nine - day ceremonial
dance, but three omer Indians, in
cluding Kee’s brouier, died dur
ing tiie ceremony, it was disnosed
The Yeibechai ceremonial dance
ended in confusion last weexend
in the Cross Canyon-Kimlichee
area near Gallup.
John Wilson, 47 wandered away
from the campfire, where the Yei
bechai dancers —clad in buckskin
masks, short kils and moccasins—
were dancing and was later found
HERE? is tile question Lie
pelican (left) appears to be
asking. Actually, he was
just spreading his bill and
getting set to attack the
cameraman. The pelican
was spotted in the back
yard of the Eddie Gilliland
residence on Church Rock
Drive yesterday afternoon.
Mrs. Gilliland tried feed
ing the bird (upper photo),
but soon retraced her steps
as the pelican charged to
ward her. The bird is
about 30 inches high and
its bill over 12 inches.
How the bird, not accus
tomed to this climate, got
into the yard is a mystery.
The pelican is now being
kept at Gallun Feed and
Seed. (Staff photo)
School Bus
Strands Pupils
Utah Twenty-five high school He said parents will be allowed
anu junior hign senool siuuems,
wno are traiupoiteu 61 mites a
aay from hex*e to Kanab for clas
ses are going to have to find
olher transportation.
And the one-rcom elementary
school here serving 50 pupils in
grades one through six may have
to be evacuated.
Most of the students are from
Glen Canyon Dam construction
KANE County School Supt. Ow-|
en Davis said yesterday at Kanab I
that after Oct. 14 the school bus
used to transport the junior and
senior high school students will
be stopped. It has been making
the 122 miles round trip daily at
a cost of $45 per day.
dead apparently from exposure.
McCabe’s brother, John McCabe
72, apparently suffered a stroke
while herding sheep in the area.
He died before he fould be
taken to a hospital.
An infant girl died from an un
known illness while her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Jog Tsosie, were
at the dance.
When news of Wilson’s death
reached the dancers, they forgot
about the ceremony and broke
camp in panic.
John and Kee McCabe were
leaders in the community, and
John McCabe was one of few Na
vajo men of his age who could
speak English.
Usually, a ceremonial dance is
called by the medicine man to
cure someone of an illness.
This one was for Kee McCabe,
but the nature of his illness was
not known.
The patient has to foot the bill
for the ceremony and it is an ex
pensive affair, often running into
several hundred dollars.
■ Trading Company
Howe of the vegetable
dye "Chinle Rugs"
Dry Goods
Jewelry Groceries
"Everything for the
Navafo Needs"
Gateway to the
Historical Canyons
Do Chalky & Del Mnerte
Chinle, Arizona
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, 99 cems a school day lor each
student if they want to transport
the youngoters themselves. Or
they will be allowed the same
amount if parents want to pay
tuition to send their children to
Page schools, 20 miles away.
Oi the 50 children in the ele
mentary school, 39 are from dam
construction workers families.
Many live here because
no housing facilities in overcrowd
( ed Page.
i DAVIS ruled out any possibility
iof Kane County School District
11 building a school here. He said
I any element dVy school in Glen
I Canyon City “must be provided by
the community but teacher salar
ies will be provided” bg the
school system.
At present split sessions are held
with first and second graders at
tending morning classes and third,
* fourth, fifth, and sixth graders
going until 5:39 in the evening.
Mrs. Jere Bass, operator of the
trailer court where the one-room
school is located has told school
officers the school will have to
‘ move to other quarters. Mr§.
Bass is out of town and cannot
i be contacted as to whether she
will consider extending the dead
-1 line. She earlier said the room
would have to be vacated by the
t end of September but has not
pressed the issue since then.
TO SEND older children to Page
High School would involve nego
tiations between school officials in
the two states. Last year, one girl
1 from Glen Canyon City attended
’ Page High School. Coconino Coun
ty tuition rate is $525. With a
$390 write-off under reciprocal
agreement for exchanging stu
dents on a tuition basis, it still
leaves more than S2OO tuition for
a school year for each student.
Davis said prospects for federal
aid for a school at Glen Canyon
City “are not too bright.’*

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