As our community is moving into the new year, we can see many improvements that our local schools, fire department and senior center have had over the past year.
The many events that includes the Easter Egg Hunt, Fourth of July Parade and Celebration, Oktoberfest, Winterfest and many other organizations’ programs and events that were held throughout the year has had growing success and turnout. One notable event that drew crowds in magnitude unseen in years past was the Fourth of July Parade.
Some estimated the turnout to be above 8,000 people lining State Highway 260 between Forest Park Drive near the fire station and Mogollon Drive.
The Rim Country Senior Center has had improvements with a new computer lab and a fitness room added later on with the help of volunteers.
Many of the wind power companies continue to show interest in our area for development moving forward. As Iberdrola continues to build Phase 2 of the Dry Lake Wind Power Project, other companies are scouting for development in areas just north of our community.
Along with these developments, the controversy surrounding wind power has made a presence at the Navajo County Board of Supervisors meetings in the zoning of such developments relative to the distance to residential neighborhoods.
Looking forward to the new year, the Arizona Department of Transportation is moving forward with final meetings and public input for widening State Highway 260 between Overgaard and Show Low. No exact dates are mentioned as of yet for these meetings, but they are scheduled for the first or second quarter of this next year.
The American Legion Post 86 is hosting a New Year’s Eve party Friday Dec. 31 starting at 8 p.m. at the American Legion. They are featuring George Pappas and Bill Carver who will be playing country, rhythm and blues.