Construction has started on Highway 260 at milepost 317 east of Overgaard to add passing lanes and widen shoulders along the highway. This work will continue until September and requires narrowing the roadway down to one lane, allowing only one way traffic at a time.
The winds and dry conditions have prevailed this week and fire danger has attained “red flag” status. Even with the weather front that passed and increased humidity that was experienced earlier this week, we continue with fire danger as little or no precipitation was gained. A warming trend will continue through our weekend.
Navajo County is lending support to a campaign led by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9907. On Tuesday, May 10, Navajo County staff presented the county’s board of supervisors with information about the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9907 campaign and asked the board for its support in advancing the effort.
As part of the campaign, Navajo County staff members will be encouraged to wear red each Friday as a demonstration of support and make donations to the effort. County staff will be asked to bring small donations that will help to fill the packages or “Troop Boxes” that are sent. Typical donations will include, AA batteries, insect repellent, hand wipes/baby wipes, canned air (for cleaning equipment), razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, socks, coffee, games, books, puzzle books and dozens of other items that make living more comfortable for the troops. Local members of the community, and the cities and towns within Navajo County will also be invited to participate in similar fashion.
Since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Ladies Auxiliary has collected items to send to servicemen and servicewomen overseas. All of the items, and the money to ship them, are collected from the generosity of members in the community. To raise funds, the Ladies Auxiliary sells red T-shirts with the motto, “Home of the Free, Because of the Brave,” on the back.
As part of the campaign, Navajo County employees will be encouraged to observe “Red Fridays” by wearing one of the T-shirts or some other red blouse or shirt. Donations will be collected in Heber-Overgaard at the Mogollon Complex at 2188 W. Country Club Dr., Overgaard.
A call for campground hosts has gone out for individuals or couples for positions on the Mogollon Rim. Please contact Lorraine Cuevas at (928) 535-7352 or stop by the Black Mesa Ranger Station at 2748 East Highway 260 in Overgaard.