4/30 Community notes

• The project to replace the storm drain system on First Street is set to begin on June 1. Beginning next week, workers from the contractor doing the project, A.S. Horner, will begin videotaping homes and businesses along the road to document the state of the buildings along the street.
The project is set to last through June 2007. As part of their contract, A.S. Horner will be running half page advertisements in the Quay County Sun to let the community know about the progress and road accessibility.
All plans for traffic control and tentative project schedules must be approved by the environment department and should be done next week.
A public information meeting will also be held to inform residents about the construction.

• The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is extending the period where comments can be submitted regarding it’s proposed critical habitat designations for the Arkansas River Shiner.
When the draft economic analysis and draft environmental assessment are complete, dates and locations for public hearing will be announced, according to a release from the organization.
More information is available online at http://ifw2es.fws.gov.Oklahoma/shiner.htm, by calling (918)581-7458 ext. 224 or writing to Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, 222 S. Houston, Suite A, Tulsa Oklahoma, 74127.

• Mesalands Community College and the Small Business Development Center are offering a two-week immersion program in Cuernavaca, Mexico from July 22 to Aug. 6. Participants will live with local Mexican families and attend one of the premier language schools in Mexico.
“We will be taking participants to the Universidad International located in the city of eternal spring and they will have the same learning experience that many major businesses leaders and foreign service officers have experienced,” said David Buchen, director of the Small Business Development Center at Mesalands who has escorted groups to learn at the university for over 15 years.
The trip will include air fare, room and board, tuition and all fees. Several excursions will be included to visit sites such as Mexico City and Taxco.
For more information on the trip contact Buchen at the SBDC at Mesalands, 461-4413.