A last ditch effort to save Navajo Generating Station in Page and the Kayenta Mine has come to an end. A bid by Navajo owned Navajo Transitional Energy Company ended Friday, which means both NGS and the mine will cease operations later this year. The bid was considered a long-shot since tribal leaders asked the company last year to consider buying both. The company’s negotiations with plant owners recently stopped after they couldn’t reach an agreement on who would be responsible for cleanup. The Navajo Nation also agreed to end pursuit of saving the plant and mine Thursday night as a committee of the tribe voted 11-9 to back away from talks. Around 700 people work at NGS and the mine. Both operations are expected to close in December.