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December 14, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Four Corners Drag Strip Subject of Public Meeting
(2008-03-18)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: The roar of raw horsepower pushing dragsters down a quarter mile strip may soon be heard in the Four Corners.
A group is proposing to build a dragstrip in San Juan County, New Mexico.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: San Juan County Government and the Four Corners Drag Racing Association are jointly proposing to construct the drag strip.
It would be located on 140 acres of BLM land, 15 miles south of Bloomfield and West of U.S. Highway 550.
San Juan County Commissioner, Dr. James Henderson says the site wasn't their first choice.
HENDERSON: WE STARTED OUT IN A LOCATION THAT WE LIKED, BUT WE RAN INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF A NOISE ISSUE, SO WE HAVE MOVED IT OUT AND SO THERE SHOULD BE NO PROBLEM.
The land has been made available by the BLM under the Recreation and Public Purposes act.
Kerry Meier, President of the Non-Profit Four Corners Drag Racing Association says in a news release, preliminary estimates place the cost of building the state of the art drag strip at 1-point-8 million dollars.
State and federal grants as well as business support would fund the strip, which would be owned by the county and leased to the association.
Henderson says if any taxpayers dollars are used it would be minimal.
Henderson says illegal street racing is a problem in San Juan county and providing the drag strip can help address that problem.
HENDERSON: WE KNOW THAT THIS RACING HAS BEEN GOING ON. MY STUDY HAS SORT OF REVEALED THAT IF YOU CAN PROVIDE SOMETHING LIKE A DRAG RACE, YOU CAN REDUCE THAT CONSIDERABLY.
Henderson says the strip could also be used for educational and safety programs, making it a win-win for everyone.
Meier, who is head of the automotive department at San Juan Community College says the facility would initially have seating for about 25-hundred spectators, be open to use by as many as 19-hundred drag racing enthusiasts in the Four Corners, and could take as long as five years to build, depending on fundraising.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.

TAG: A public meeting on the proposal is set for six pm tomorrow/Wednesday night, at the San Juan County Administration Building in Aztec.
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