I’m starting a weekly round-up of local news in communities along the 1,600 miles of historic Highway 89. I’ll be featuring items that won’t make the national media, plus a don’t-miss upcoming weekend event somewhere along the highway. Here’s the first installment.
Headlines from highway 89
Montana Hutterite Colony Raising Natural Pork (Choteau Acantha, Choteau, Montana)
The new Midway Hutterite Colony in Pondera County is not only home to 19 families who previously lived at Miller Colony, it is also home to a 60,000-square foot, climate-controlled high-tech pig barn, where colony members raise USDA-certified natural pork.
Palin’s plane stops to refuel in Great Falls (Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls, Montana)
Many Americans, particularly reporters, are hoping to get a glimpse and a word with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican candidate for vice president.
Jackson Housing Prices Falling (Jackson Hole News & Guide, Jackson, Wyoming)
Some say reported 9 percent drop in median home price not accurate, but concede slowdown.
Lehi High says the bats are all gone (American Daily Herald, Provo, Utah)
There are no more bats in the belfry — or the auditorium, the hallway or the classrooms — at Lehi High School anymore.
Eighth Annual Hoop Dance competition defies rainstorms (Navajo Hopi Observer, Flagstaff, Arizona)
The weather echoed the sentiments of the Peshlakai family as they remembered their son Champion Hoop Dancer Jameson “Sonny” Peshlakai on Aug. 31. But heavy rains and wet grass did not stop the annual Hoop Dance Contest event honoring Jameson – held every Labor Day weekend.
Southwest Legends Gunfighters are proud to announce that Florence is now their new home. (Florence Reminder, Florence, Arizona)
“After several months of meetings and negotiations, Florence has graciously accepted our reenactment group to perform on Main Street.”
This weekend on America’s greatest highway
Sanpete County Fly-in (Mt. Pleasant, Utah)
Guest speakers are former Tuskegee Airmen.
Activites and free plane rides for kids (advance sign-up at the website).
Note to participating pilots: Watch for & stay clear of “TCA” (Turkey clearance area): min 1000ft (low, long metal barns, west of hwy 89 from Fountain Green to Manti)