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KSJD Newscast - April 6th, 2016

  • Election results from Mancos and Dolores.
  • Leaders in San Juan County, Utah, are expressing concern about a plan by the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission for redrawing county-commission districts.

The town of Mancos has a new mayor and a green light to move forward with its own telecommunications following Tuesday’s election. Queenie Barz defeated Will Stone in the mayoral race, while Matthew Baskin, Lorraine Becker, Craig Benally, Fred Brooks and Ed Hallam were elected to the board of trustees. The town also passed a resolution allowing it to opt out of Senate Bill 152 so it can expand its own fiber-optic line. In Dolores, Santiago Lopez was unopposed for mayor, while James Biard, Isabel Boyce, Robert Dobry, Trevor Ince and Val Truelsen won seats on the town board. Dove Creek had canceled its election because there were no contested races.

Local leaders in San Juan County, Utah, are expressing concern about a plan put forth by the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission for redrawing county-commission districts. In February a federal judge granted the tribe’s motion in part of a lawsuit over voting rights in the sprawling county. The Navajo Nation had argued that it was unconstitutional that nearly all the county’s Native Americans are packed into one district. Recently tribal representatives came to the county commission with their own proposal for redrawing the district boundaries. The San Juan Record reports the Blanding City Council voiced concerns about the proposal at its recent meeting, saying the tribal map would essentially divide the city among three districts.
 

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