Field report from the 4-Corners
The Southwest Regional Council of Carpenter’s Farmington Hall & Training Center, located in the 4-Corners area of the USA, is also based in an area that has the highest population of Native Americans in the country (45%). In fact, four Native American tribes are native to the area: Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, Southern Ute and the Jicarilla Apache. The UBC’s Native American Outreach project is also accomplishing good results in this region…
Work from the UBC in the area has stayed steady, including continuing projects at the two existing power plants for maintenance shut downs. A $320 million pollution control project is launched at the San Juan plant.
This summer, the EPA granted the permits necessary to the Navajo Nation, so that a $3 billion, 1500 mg power plant, called Desert Rock, can be built. Local UBC members helped get the permits granted by attending city council meetings, school board meetings, and county and state hearings. Local 1319 representative Lyla Randsdell said that Desert Rock will be one of the cleanest in the country and will provide thousands of jobs to the Navajo people. Work is expected to start the summer of 2009, and it will be a native preference job.
Carpenters from Local 1319 recently completed a $105 million casino for the Southern Ute tribe in Ignacio, Colorado. Contractor SDI completed the interior systems work. The Southern Utes also have a museum, administration building and other structures still in planning. They use the TERO system for employment.
Work has also been very good for carpenters on the Jicarilla Apache Nation. They and the Utes have natural gas reserves that fund their infrastructure. Presently, the UBC has work building the Jicarilla Apache Administration Building in Dulce, New Mexico. General Contracting is being done by Jaynes, and union contractor San Juan Insulation and Drywall is finishing the interior systems. Also, a newly built high school’s interior systems are being done by union contractor Les File from Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Jicarilla have a long wish list of projects in planning. They also use the TERO system of Native preference.
Photo: Carpenters work on the Jicarilla Administration Building