Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Act passes committee

WASHINGTON -- Good news, Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva’s (D-AZ) bill to designate the Santa Cruz Valley a National Heritage Area was approved by the Committee on Natural Resources today.

The legislation now awaits consideration by the full House.

By designating this southeastern Arizona region as a National Heritage Area, the legislation will help preserve and promote the cultural legacy and natural resources of the Santa Cruz Valley.

"This designation is an opportunity for us to promote the rich, diverse heritage and the inspiring natural wonders of the Santa Cruz Valley," said Rep. Grijalva.

The Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area would encompass roughly 3,300 square miles in southern Arizona, bordering Mexico.

Congresswoman Giffords (D-AZ) is a co-sponsor of this bill.

- adapted from N. Luna

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