Freight Rail Service Meetings Show High Interest

9/29/2022

The Four Corners Freight Rail Study Team held two public meetings about a new feasibility study for a freight rail project through San Juan County, connecting the county to an interstate rail corridor. Childhaven, Inc. will hold classes for new Court Assigned Special Advocates for children in need this October, and don your kilt and dust off your bagpipes for the Aztec Highland Games and Celtic Festival. This story is sponsored by Three Rivers Brewing and Ute Mountain Casino Hotel

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Public interest meeting for a freight rail line saw high attendance as local officials discussed an upcoming feasibility study for a freight rail line service to San Juan County. Mark your calendars for the Aztec Highland Games this weekend, a trip to Scotland without leaving the country, and become a CASA volunteer with Child Haven to help disadvantaged children and youth in your community. You're watching the local news roundup, brought to you by Three Rivers Brewery, and Ute Mountain Casino Hotel. I'm Hayley Opsal. During two public meetings, the Four Corners Freight Rail study team discussed plans for a feasibility study for the development of a freight rail line in San Juan County. The project which has been discussed for 50 years, would link San Juan County to the Interstate 40 rail corridor from Chicago to Los Angeles. The project would consist of a 90 mile rail spur from San Juan County to the Interstate 40 rail corridor, an estimated cost run from $350 million to $500 million. The feasibility study which will be financed by a $2 million federal grant, will look at possible locations for the rail spur as well as who would own the spur. Over a hundred people came to the meeting. A next step for the projects is to talk with representatives from the Navajo Nation to discuss the possible impacts of the freight rail line, which would travel through the Navajo reservation. For more information about the freight rail study, visit four, the number 4cornersfreightrail.com. Childhaven Inc. has announced training to become a CASA volunteer. CASA, which stands for Court Assigned Special Advocate are volunteers who are appointed by a children's court judge to speak in the best interest of abused and neglected children. The commitment is one year long, and around six to 10 hours a month. CASA volunteers meet with their assigned child once a month and are asked to attend any meetings and court hearings that pertain to the case. The first pre-service training will begin on October 4th. To learn more about being a CASA volunteer, or to sign up, call 505 325 5358, or send an email to advocatecoach@childhavennm.org. Come join the fun at the Aztec Highland Games and Festival this weekend, October 1st through October 2nd at Riverside Park in Aztec. Festivities include the famous Highland Games as well as Celtic music, food, vendors, and the notorious Haggis. The festival runs from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, full Saturday and Sunday, and is family friendly event. A weekend pass is $20 for the experience. Children under 12 years get in free. For more information, visit aztechighlandgames.com. That's it for this week's local news roundup. I'm Hayley Opsal.

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