Curran earns Eagle

KINGMAN - Derek Curran, 15, has earned the Boy Scout rank of Eagle Scout, which will be awarded to him in a Court of Honor at 2 p.m. today at St. Johns United Methodist Church.

Curran is a member of Boy Scout Troop 66 under the direction of Gordon Sanchez and sponsored by St. Johns. Curran is the son of Jim and Jan Curran Jr. of Kingman and brother of Blake Curran. He has been a member of Troop 66 since 2005 and was previously a member of Cub Scout Pack 46 through Manzanita School. He currently attends Kingman High School.

Curran completed his Eagle Scout Project in Mohave County at Willow Springs Riparian Preserve. Under the direction of landowner and Wildlife Manager Bob Faught and Julie Alpert, Curran planned and assisted in placing a fence around the property to aid a riparian habitat. Prior to this project, the land was being inhabited by neighboring free-range cattle that were eating native plant life important to many small native animals' existence.

Curran was assisted by a group of Scout parents and fellow Boy Scouts. He also organized a yard sale to raise funds for completion of the project.

Thanks goes out to Sanchez, Rick Armstrong and Carol Collins for providing the leadership and encouragement that helped Curran. He also thanks Home Depot, True Value Hardware and Arizona Game and Fish.