8/6 Regional Roundup

Highway 54 proposed as high

Nearby U.S. Highway 54 has been designated as a High Priority Corridor in a bill approved by the House and Senate on July 29 — now it just needs the President’s signature, according to a release sent from the SPIRIT organization which has been working to improve the roadways.

Designation as a High Priority Corridor means the roadway will be higher on the priority list when it comes to improvements, such as expanding the highway from two lanes to four lanes, the release said.

Approximately 45 percent of the traffic on U.S. Highway 54 is trucks; increasing the number of lanes will enhance safety for all who travel this route, SPIRIT officials said.

While specific funding does not accompany designation as a High Priority Corridor, it does augment the ability to obtain funding, and in certain instances permits federal funding to states to be used for such designated highways, the release stated.

Certain portions of U.S. Highway 54 will receive funding for improvements in the Highway Bill approved last month. High Priority Corridor designation should also enable participation in Multi-jurisdictional Agreements to speed construction of Highway 54 in Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, according to SPIRIT officials.

Free trees with Arbor Day Foundation membership
Ten free Colorado blue spruce trees will be given to each person who joins the National Arbor Day Foundation this month with a membership fee of $10 or more, according to John Rosenow, the foundation’s president.

The trees will be shipped postpaid with planting instructions at the right time for planting between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10 and will be replaced if they fail to grow, the organization said.

New members will receive the 10 trees, a subscription to Arbor Day, a bimonthly publication, and The Tree Book, an instructional tome about tree planting and care.

To receive the free trees, send a $10 membership contribution to TEN BLUE SPRUCES, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410 by Aug. 31, or join online at arborday.org.

State Fair book online for first time
This year the New Mexico State Fair is moving into the Information Age. For the first time the encyclopedic State Fair premium book will be online. Browse the categories or submit entries with the click of a mouse at www.exponm.com.

People may still call the entry office at 265-1791 or e-mail inquiries to info@exponm.com.

The 68th annual New Mexico State Fair runs from Friday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 25 and offers 17 days of livestock and horse shows, arts and crafts exhibits, vendors, PRCA rodeos, midway rides, big name concerts, plus multi-cultural stage shows.

Nara Visa celebrates 50th reunion counting by the number five
Anyone who went to school in Nara Visa or lived in Nara Visa and schooled elsewhere within the last 50 years is invited to their 50th annual reunion on Sunday, according to long-time Nara Visa resident Travis Nelson.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. (CDT) in the Nara Visa Gym. Bob White, a graduating senior of Nara Visa High, will be the master of ceremonies at the celebration, which will include a covered-dish luncheon and a program honoring classes ending in 5’s through the current year, Nelson said.

The red brick building constructed in 1921 will be open for viewing at the reunion Sunday, and recognition will be given to those who came the furthest, the oldest man, and the oldest lady, said Nelson, who can be contacted at 633-2220 for more information.