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Navajo president emergency appropriation Chinle jail 5-1-07

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr. has signed emergency legislation that will allow for much-needed repairs at the Chinle Adult Detention Center.

Since the Chinle jail closed last month, police dispatchers have been working out of a storage room at a chapter house, and criminals are being booked at a local fire station before being sent to other lockups.

Legislation signed by Shirley on Monday will provide $748,932 to the tribe's Division of Public Safety to move the dispatchers into a modular building, rewire the jail's electrical lines and pay for overtime for officers transporting inmates.

The appropriation was part of a $10 million measure passed by the Navajo Nation Council during its spring session. It included a slew of unrelated amendments - $200,000 for renovations to the council chambers; nearly $2.2 million for the offices of the president, the speaker and the council; and $750,000 for the five Navajo veterans affairs agencies.

The Dine Power Authority also will receive $2 million for operating expenses as it continues work on the Navajo Transmission Project, the proposed Desert Rock power plant and other energy development projects.

Council Delegate Raymond Joe, a former police sergeant who sponsored the emergency legislation, said everyone benefits from it.
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