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Lake Powell is golden

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 24th, 2013

Chronicle publisher Jeanie Wright
A lot can happen in 50 years.

That’s why we celebrate. Fiftieth birthdays are recognized with special flare, and even more cause for celebration is a 50th wedding anniversary. These milestones are a great time to stop, look back, think about accomplishments, consider where we’ve been and think about where we are.

Fifty years ago on Sept. 13, 1963, the final yard of concrete was poured on the Glen Canyon Dam, the second of two diversion tunnels was blocked and Lake Powell was born. Lots of things have happened since then. And we think this calls for celebration.

Out of the vast, arid scenery grew one of the nation’s largest lakes, a national recreation area, two power plants, the city of Page and countless opportunities for the area’s natives as well as newcomers.

Led by a flock of construction workers and Bureau of Reclamation workers in the late 1950s and early ‘60s, entrepreneurs migrated to the area. Many of these families still own businesses near Lake Powell, some now run by second or third generations. Others were in the area for decades before the dam was built and now host many of the approximately 2 million tourists per year who come to Lake Powell to enjoy houseboats and visits to uniquely beautiful slot canyons.

Along with you, the Lake Powell Chronicle has been here throughout the years, documenting the history of the area one week at a time. So we find it only fitting that we throw a party on our pages to mark the 50th anniversary of Lake Powell. On May 15 we plan to produce a special section called Lake Powell 50th Anniversary Golden Edition. We hope that you, the individuals and businesses which draw their livelihood and lifestyle from the existence of this great lake, will participate with us. We welcome advertisers and offer a variety of sizes to fit any budget. This is a great opportunity to showcase your business in this keepsake anniversary edition.

Individuals who have short stories or photos to submit are welcome to do so as well.

The more participation we have from you, the better the section will be. In addition to featuring the 50th Anniversary Golden Edition in the Chronicle we plan to run at least 1,000 extra keepsake copies to be made available at the chamber of commerce, the museum and the businesses of those who advertise in the section.

For more information on how to participate in this section look for the ads in this week’s paper or email me at jwright@lakepowellchronicle.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Jeanie Wright is publisher of the Chronicle.

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