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The designation of the Alaska Highway as an historic site nearly came to a complete halt last Thursday.

A motion was presented at the Peace River Regional District to remove $180,000 from the Economic Development Commission budget. That money had been reserved to help make the Alaska Highway a national historic site.

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After a lengthy, passionate discussion regarding the budget reduction, there was obvious opposition to the motion. The Board expressed their support for the economic benefits the historic designation would bring to the region.

The motion eventually failed, ensuring the money for the project will be kept within the EDC’s budget.

According to one of the directors, had that motion been approved, the money designated for the Alaska Highway would have been removed from the budget and the attempt to designate the highway as an historic site would have failed.

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