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Interstate 11 Study Holding Public Meetings This Month

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Courtesy of Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

What do you think about Interstate 11 — the proposed highway that would link the Phoenix and Las Vegas areas (and possibly Mexico and Canada)? If you feel strongly about the idea one way or the other, now is your chance to have your opinion heard. The Arizona and Nevada departments of transportation are holding three public meetings this month regarding the I-11 study. They are:

Tucson Area: June 18, 6 to 8 p.m. (presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.), Tucson Electric Power Community Room, 88 E. Broadway Boulevard, Tucson

Phoenix Area: June 25, 6 to 8 p.m. (presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.), Palo Verde Energy Education Center, 600 N. Airport Road, Buckeye

Las Vegas Area: June 26, 4 to 7 p.m. (presentation begins at 5:30 p.m.), Fifth Street Historical School, 401 S. Fourth Street, Las Vegas

If you can’t make it to any of these meetings, a “virtual meeting” will be available from June 18 through July 18 on the study’s website, www.i11study.com.

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Share Your Thoughts on the Proposed Phoenix-to-Vegas Interstate

Courtesy of Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Courtesy of Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

There’s no getting around it: Driving from Phoenix to Las Vegas — Arizona’s closest big-city neighbor — can be a pain. The most direct route, which follows U.S. Route 93 from Wickenburg to the Vegas area, can be relatively slow going, especially in places where the road narrows to two lanes. And although the Hoover Dam Bypass, completed in 2010, saves some time, the fact remains that these two major cities aren’t connected by an interstate highway.

Our bosses at the Arizona Department of Transportation have been exploring that idea, and according to an article published this week in The Arizona Republic, the proposed Interstate 11 has gained momentum over the past two years. ADOT, in conjunction with the Nevada Department of Transportation, is studying the feasibility of such an interstate. But there are valid viewpoints on both sides of the I-11 proposal, and whether you think it’s a good idea or a bad one, now is your chance to have your voice heard.

The public-comment period on the study is still open, but it ends Friday, March 7. To share your thoughts and learn more about the proposed route, head over to the I-11 and Intermountain West Corridor Study page.

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Fire Destroys a Piece of AZ History

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Our September issue features a profile about a pretty special gal… Rosie Larsen, owner of Rosie’s Den on U.S. Route 93… a stretch of road that connects Kingman to Las Vegas — yes, that stretch. What struck us about Rosie (and happened to be one of the reasons why we chose to feature her in Arizona Highways) was her indomitable spirit. She turned 85 last January and had no plans to slow down any time soon… well except, perhaps, to take that trip to Asia with her eldest son.

Unfortunately, according to the LasVegas.com, a devastating fire has forced Rosie to close her doors. Making matters worse, Rosie didn’t have fire insurance. Of course, Rosie being Rosie, isn’t folding her hand just yet. Per the blog post, Rosie is “demonstrating an independent spirit,” and her “main concern is for the welfare of her 50-60 employees that depend on the business for their livelihood. She said the business will be rebuilt bigger and better than ever.”

Maybe the “Mother of the Desert” ought to be nicknamed Rosie the Riveter instead… If you’d like to make a donation to help Rosie’s employees, or would like to donate food or building materials, contact Lea White at 928-767-3010. Rosie would also appreciate volunteers willing to donate their time and skills to help rebuild of the new restaurant and store.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

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