The election signs are coming down and the holiday decorations are starting to appear on lightpoles along historic Highway 89. The winter road closures in Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton are in place; Zion is continuing the shuttles for an extra month this year. At the other end of the highway, Saguaro National Park is starting its high season.
Headlines from Highway 89
Sawmill puts every little scrap to use (Livingston Enterprise, Livingston, Montana)
How one sawmill finds a use for the entire log (except the knotholes).
Jackson High swimmer competes with 1 leg (Jackson Hole News & Guide, Jackson, Wyoming)
Born with a birth defect, swimmer had leg amputated at age 8 so she could wear a prothesis, now competes on team contending for state championship.
USU students celebrate Festival of Lights (Herald Journal, Logan, Utah)
“Diwali, India’s annual Festival of Lights, may be thousands of years old, but a group of Aggies decided to bring some modern flair to the ancient celebration.”.
Grand Canyon’s Hermit Road to reopen (Daily Sun, Flagstaff, AZ)
“Hermit Road, also known as West Rim Drive, has been under construction since February for widening to 24 feet, re-paving, addition of bike and walking trails and new shuttle bus stops.”
Parents attend Literacy Night to help their children learn English (Daily Courier, Prescott, Arizona)
They may not speak the language themselves, but these parents show up to help their children become literate in English.
Historical society buys Henry Wickenburg’s grave (Wickenburg Sun, Wickenburg, Arizona)
“After submitting to the Town of Wickenburg a bid for $1,000, the Wickenburg Historical Preservation Society will take possession of the Henry Wickenburg gravesite and will proceed in making improvements on the grounds.”
Univ of Arizona opens satellite campus in Nogales (Nogales International, Nogales, Arizona)
Location to offer two bachelor’s degrees in the border city.
This weekend on America’s greatest highway
The 2008 Capitol Christmas Tree (Choteau Acantha, Choteau, Montana)
“A gorgeous 60-foot fir tree from the Bitterroot National Forest will be in Choteau on Nov. 8, and the Choteau Chamber of Commerce is inviting everyone in the community to turn out for a special tree event at 10 a.m. at the Teton County Courthouse.” The tree, traveling in an environmentally-controlled trailer, will also make US 89 stops in White Sulphur Springs and Great Falls, Montana, later in the week.