News Briefs: December 5, 2010

HAVASUPAI

The Havasupai tribe may soon be receiving federal aid to help clean up after a flash flood that occurred the week of Oct. 3 in Havasupai Canyon. The state has filed a request with the federal government for a major disaster declaration and federal assistance.

Havasu Canyon is located within an inner gorge of the Grand Canyon. According to Gov. Jan Brewer's office, the flood forced the evacuation of 143 tourists and damaged infrastructure. The canyon has been closed to tourism because the main trail leading into it is impassable. The flood also damaged water control facilities along Havasu Creek. The total infrastructure damage estimate is $1.6 million.

I-40 LAKE HAVASU CITY INTERCHANGE

The Arizona Department of Transportation continues bridge improvement work at the Interstate 40 Lake Havasu Traffic Interchange (Exit 9). The westbound on-ramp will be closed 5 a.m. Monday through 5 a.m. Friday as crews repair the bridge deck.

Motorists traveling south to Lake Havasu City on State Route 95 from westbound I-40 will be allowed to cross the bridge. Drivers traveling northbound on State Route 95 to westbound I-40 will be detoured four miles to the Franconia Road Traffic Interchange (Exit 13). As always, drivers are reminded to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

PHOENIX

The Arizona Capitol Museum, 1700 W. Washington St., will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Arizona State Constitution Thursday with the opening of a new exhibit, titled: "We the People of Arizona ...."

The exhibit will open at 9 a.m. At 2 p.m., a brief program will be conducted in the historic Senate chambers to commemorate the centennial anniversary of Arizona's Constitutional Convention. As part of the unveiling of this special exhibit, the museum will display both the original signed Arizona Constitution, as well as the original document that appointed Arizona's first territorial governor - John Noble Goodwin - and allowed for the organization of the territory. The display is only on Thursday.