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Centennial Time Capsule Completes Journey

A time capsule to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt Dam was delivered to the dam today and placed in the tunnel area, where it will remain until it is opened for the structure’s 150th anniversary in 2061.

The new time capsule, filled with new items that best describe water and power and how they impact residents of the Salt River Valley, replaces the original version that was installed at the dam in 1961 and then opened in the spring of 2011.

During the run-up to the Roosevelt Dam Centennial in March 2011, Salt River Project invited employees and customers to contribute ideas via Facebook and e-mails for the contents of the new capsule, which was themed, “How water and power influence our lives in the desert we call home.”

Currently, background information, diagrams and pictures related to the time capsule are on display at the Tonto Basin Visitors Center. Eventually, there will be a permanent display at the Dam lookout point, said Ileen Snoddy, community outreach representative for SRP.

“We felt the time capsule would be a great way to preserve the history of this great area of Arizona,” said Snoddy.  “The items in the time capsule capture the spirit of SRP and of water reclamation in Arizona. It’s exciting to imagine what the reaction will be at the 150th anniversary in 2061.”

Among the items included in the new time capsule:
* Copper shavings from the 1961 time capsule
* A digitized Roosevelt Dam Centennial video
* Centennial issue of Pulse, the SRP employee newsletter
* Paper SRP power and water bills
* List of SRP employees and Board/Council members in 2011 and an SRP employee badge
* SRP bylaws
* A cell phone, iPod, music CD, movie DVD, incandescent light bulb
* Arizona state quarter
* Aerial photo of metro Phoenix
* Arizona Diamondbacks baseball ticket from March 18, 2011, game

Before it was sealed in April, the Centennial time capsule and its new contents were on display during the spring and summer of 2011 at Phoenix-area museums, including the Arizona Science Center, Scottsdale Historical Society Little Red Schoolhouse, River of Time Museum and Superstition Mountain Historical Society.

Also on display on the centennial museum tour were items from the first Roosevelt Dam time capsule, which was embedded in the dam in 1961 as part of the Golden Jubilee celebration. Some of the items from the time capsule marking the first 50 years included:
* A telegram from President John F. Kennedy
* A roster of people present at the Golden Jubilee on March 18, 1961, and a copy of the official invitation to special guests and dignitaries
* Articles of Incorporation and bylaws of the Salt River Valley Water Users’ Association
* Bylaws of the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District
* A copy of the Kent Decree, which has done much to set the pattern of water rights
* Roster of SRP employees in 1961
* SRP’s 1961 Annual Report
* Special issue of the SRP CURRENT News, which launched the Golden Jubilee celebration
* April 1961 Arizona Highways magazine titled “Water and the Thirsty Land”
* Two proclamations by Phoenix Mayor Sam Mardian Jr. and Arizona Gov. Paul J. Fannin declaring March 18, 1961, as the Theodore Roosevelt Dam Golden Jubilee

Dedicated in March 1911, Theodore Roosevelt Dam is the cornerstone of a system of waterways managed by SRP that has served as an economic catalyst in creating the Phoenix metropolitan area.  Hydroelectric power from the dam and the reliable water supply it provided helped grow the Valley’s rural areas into one of the more prosperous communities in the Southwest.

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Arizona Wins America’s Best License Plate Award

The Automobile License Plate Collectors Association (ALPCA, Inc.) has overwhelmingly voted that Arizona has the best license plate in the United States. Last year, Arizona introduced a beautiful Centennial plate to honor the 100th anniversary of statehood in 2012.  Since 1970, ALPCA recognizes a state with the best license plate design of the year. This year marks the 41st anniversary of the award and the second award for Arizona after winning in 1996 for its general issue plate.

“I am pleased to announce that the Great State of Arizona is this year’s recipient of ALPCA’s Best Plate Award,” said ALPCA President Greg Gibson. “Arizona’s outstanding Centennial plate topped plates from nine other states.”  ALPCA members worldwide were asked to vote based on two judging criteria: the overall attractiveness of the license plate design and its legibility as a tool for public safety and law enforcement.  “Congratulations to the residents of the Grand Canyon State, Governor Jan Brewer and to the license plate design team in Phoenix,” stated Gibson.  ALPCA’s Best Plate Award Coordinator Gus Oliver said “Many of the members commented about the combination of boldness and simplicity of this plate.  I knew it had an excellent chance of winning the moment I first saw it.”

“The Centennial license plate commemorates an historic milestone for the State of Arizona. To see our emblem receive national recognition on the heels of our 100th anniversary is both an honor and a glowing source of pride for Arizonans,” said Governor Jan Brewer. “I thank the Arizona Centennial Commission, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety for advocating and seeing to fruition this very special plate.”

Arizona became our nation’s 48th and last of the contiguous states on February 14, 1912. Beginning in 2011 and continuing throughout 2012, more than 425 events and projects hosted by organizations and communities across Arizona are commemorating 100 years of statehood, telling the stories of the past while envisioning the states next 100 years.

“We are honored to receive this award for a license plate that commemorates our historic Centennial and distinctively represents Arizona,” said Karen Churchard, executive director, Arizona Centennial Commission and 2012 Foundation.  “Arizona has one of the best state flags, and we wanted to be sure to incorporate its colors and design into the theme of the Centennial plate.”

Since the Centennial Plate was introduced last fall, thousands of Arizona motorists have bought them. The popular specialty license plate was designed by P.S. Studios of Phoenix and required approval from the Arizona Department of Transportation and Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Ironically, the colorful design of New Mexico’s Centennial Plate won the contest last year. Although Arizona and its neighbor are both celebrating their centennials this year, the contest is based on the year the plate was first introduced, which was 2010 for New Mexico and 2011 for Arizona.  Finishing as runner-up and third place to Arizona were new general issue plates from Nebraska and Louisiana, respectively.

A special awards ceremony is being planned in the coming weeks. ALPCA’s President will travel to Arizona to present State officials with award plaques.

For more information on ALPCA, visit their website at http://www.alpca.org/.