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Public Can Weigh In On Future Of Navajo Generating Station

The public will have a chance to weigh in on the future of the West’s largest coal-fired power plant.

Southwest utilities, the federal government and officials from the Navajo Nation have been working on a deal to keep the Navajo Generating Station from closing at the end of this year.

Owners of the plant have already decided they will not renew their lease with the Navajo in 2019, but the question now is can they keep the plant — and the hundreds of jobs its supports — operating until then.

The Salt River Project has cited the energy market and the cheap price of natural gas as the reason for shuttering the plant. That has received push back from the tribe and some regulators in Arizona who contend that the power plant and nearby mine are critical for the state’s energy mix.

Listening sessions will be held in Phoenix and several locations in northern Arizona this month.

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Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.