San Juan County, BLM receive grant to pay for work



FARMINGTON — People who use the Glade Run Recreation Area may soon see some improvements on trails.

San Juan County and the Bureau of Land Management have received grant funding for a trails project in the recreation area. 

The County Commission likely will approve a memorandum of understanding with the BLM during its Tuesday meeting to complete the trails project. The County Commission meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the county administration building, 100 S. Oliver Drive in Aztec.

The Glade Run Recreation Area consists of 19,000 acres between New Mexico highways 170, 574 and 516. The area is popular with mountain bikers as well as off-road vehicle enthusiasts.

Fran Fillerup, the county public works director, said the county and the BLM received a Recreation Trails Program grant through the New Mexico Department of Transportation that will help pay for the $700,000 of trail improvements and enhancements. The Recreation Trails Program grant is federal money administered by NMDOT.

Fillerup said the enhancements will improve mountain bike, motor bike and ATV trails in the glade.

"The county wants to promote the use of the glade for recreation both by residents and visitors," Fillerup said.

The trails are one of two public works projects on the agenda for the Tuesday meeting. The commission also may approve a contract for engineering designs for a new bridge on County Road 5500 in the Lee Acres area. The weight limits on the existing bridge were decreased earlier this year, and drivers of large trucks are now asked to find alternative routes.

County Executive Officer Kim Carpenter described the engineering designs as the preface for the replacement of the bridge.

The county also will hear a request from the San Juan Regional Medical Center to use hospital bond funds to renovate the emergency room.

The San Juan College Board also will meet this week. The board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the San Juan College Board Room to implement the final stages of salary adjustments for faculty and staff members.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at

Reporter Megan Petersen contributed to this report.

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