My Conversation with Shayne Jones, Maintenance Superintendent at Navajo Generating Station

I had the privilege of interviewing Shayne Jones, former Maintenance Superintendent at Navajo Generating Station. We talked about his roots growing up in Page Arizona, his career with Salt River Project at Navajo Generating Station, and his thoughts about the closure of NGS and its subsequent demolition.

I hadn’t seen or talked to Shayne in literally decades, so it was good to grab some time to catch up and reminisce. Shayne wrote an article for Lake Powell Life News called NGS: The Iconic Stacks are Coming Down. Be sure to click that link and check it out. Also, consider subscribing to my YouTube Channel so you don’t miss a thing. Enjoy!

Early NGS Aerial Overview

When I saw this picture I recognized much of what was in it right away because I remember being there probably 6-8 months after this picture was taken. Since I’m cooped up over here with the social distancing thing going on and I wanted to tell somebody about it, I made this short video. Lucky you! Let me walk you through what I remember about the things in this photo.

Reminder: Be sure to visit my YouTube Channel for more riveting videos!

Here’s a copy of the image in case you want it for your collection.

Aerial View of the NGS Stack Demolition

Here’s an aerial view of the NGS stack demolition that took place on December 18, 2020. Courtesy of EcoFlight, this video is hosted on their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQfVR3–WySBu8b4JQmzEXA and shared here.

NGS Units 1 and 2 Stack Construction

This is a very early snapshot of the Units 1 and 2 stacks under construction. Click image to enlarge.

NGS Coal Yard Construction

This photo was taken from somewhere on the U1 boiler structure. The dewatering bins and the U1&2 fly ash bin are under construction. The train’s in the background. Click to enlarge. There’s a lot of detail to see in this one.

NGS Power Block Before and After

Stackless and now boilerless too. Only the NGS Power Block remains.

My Conversation with Bobby Poole, Retired NGS O&M 3 Specialist

I’ve known Bobby Poole since 1960 when we moved to Page Arizona and I started first grade there. We were both on site at Navajo Generating Station during construction of the plant in the early 1970s. Bobby worked for Owens Corning Fiberglass at the time and I was a security guard at NGS, employed by Burtco. We both witnessed the construction of NGS first hand, specifically units 2 and 3. I was hired by Salt River Project as an Operator Trainee in 1976 and Bobby was hired in that same position in 1980. This conversation is his story, not just of his time at NGS but you’ll also hear a recap of his history as one of the first residents of Page. Links we talked about in this conversation:

Navajo Generating Station Boiler Demolition

The NGS boiler demolition took place on March 3rd, 2021. Bobby Poole, a retiree of NGS and Salt River Project joined me as we watched and videoed the implosion.

The Before Picture

Today is Tuesday, March 2nd 2021 and I am in Page to hopefully video the boilers coming down tomorrow, March 3rd. Consider this the before picture. I was unable to get any closer. Tomorrow the boilers will be gone. In addition to the video, I’ll try for an after picture from this same spot if I can get back in here.

NGS Unit One Progressing

This photo, taken from the south, shows construction progressing on unit one’s boiler. Some of the air ducts are in place and the units one and two elevator shaft is emerging. Check out the vintage pickup trucks and the workers on the ground. Click to enlarge.