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Light Up Navajo Project

As the proud mayor of Provo, I am thrilled to share that our dedicated Provo Power Line Crew will be participating in the Light Up Navajo project, an initiative spearheaded by the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority and the American Public Power Association.

This year, we are sending a skilled team to Tuba City, Arizona, including Provo Power Foreman George Hutchings, Journeyman Lineman Don Willes, and Apprentice Linemen Cody Cornaby and Mitch Eliason. Their mission is clear yet profound: to build power lines that will connect homes of Navajo families to the electric grid for the very first time.

Imagine living without the basic modern conveniences of electricity—no lighting at night, no heating during cold spells, no air conditioning in the heat, and no refrigeration for food. This is the reality for some families on the Navajo Nation, a reality that our team will help transform. Our crew will join forces with utility teams from across the country to bring electricity to 200 homes, empowering lives with the simple, yet critical amenities that make modern life possible.

NTUA General Manager Walter Haase expressed his gratitude, saying, “We are grateful for the outside utilities who want to help bring positive change for families waiting for electricity.” This sentiment captures the essence of the Light Up Navajo project—a collaborative effort to enact positive change and brighten lives.

Travis Ball, Director of Provo Power, shared his enthusiasm about our participation: “I am thrilled that Provo Power can participate in something that will provide life-changing, meaningful opportunities to people who have not had the benefit of these modern-day conveniences so many of us take for granted.”

Throughout the week, we will be closely tracking and documenting the experiences of our line crew. We plan to share these moments with you through photographs and stories, giving you a front-row seat to the impactful work being done. It is a privilege for our community to be part of such a meaningful project, and we invite all of you to join us in this journey.

Stay tuned for updates and join us in supporting this admirable cause.

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