by Gary Morris
More than 100 residents of Rim Country attended the first of three meetings that Coconino National Forest officials are sponsoring to present the latest draft of the Fossil Creek Comprehensive River Management Plan. Nearly a dozen Forest Service officials also attended the meeting on Feb. 11 where they presented six plan alternatives, all designed to protect the creek from overuse.
In the fall, due to a lack of [road] maintenance, monsoonal rains washed away a large section of the road, exposing four CenturyLink cables. Had they been severed, all Internet and phone service in Rim Country would have gone down.
It took 28 days for CenturyLink to obtain a permit from the Forest Service to make the temporary repairs.