Gone.

But never forgotten.

Leastwise, anyone who drives Highway 260 through the White Mountains will forever remember former President Donald Trump if District 6 Sen. Wendy Rogers gets her way.

The former Air Force pilot and freshman senator last week introduced SCM 1003 to rename the 220-mile stretch of highway that connects Cottonwood to Eagar the “Donald J. Trump Highway.”

One of Trump’s most vocal supporters in Arizona, Rogers introduced the measure on the brink of the former President’s second impeachment trial — this time for inciting some of the rioters who invaded the US capitol building.

The resolution cited Trump’s tax cuts and his decision to pull the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement as some of the reasons to honor him by putting his name on a key state highway.

Rogers did not respond to a request for comment. But on Twitter she said, “I am proud to support President Trump’s legacy.”

Meanwhile, the Senate Ethics committee has decided to look into a former staffer’s complaint that Rogers had harassed him and created a hostile work environment during his brief service in her senate office.

Rogers ousted longtime Sen. Sylvia Allen in the Republican primary for District 6, which stretches from the Grand Canyon to Alpine and include Northern Gila County and all of the White Mountains. She then handily beat Democrat Felicia French, also a retired military colonel and pilot. Rogers spent a lmost $1.2 million to win the seat, with another $1.4 million spent by dark money groups both for and against her. The race ranks as the most costly in District 6 history.

Roger’s campaign focused mostly on her outspoken support for President Trump and her full-throated criticism of Democrats, socialists and others. She’s a member of the Oath Keepers milita, which has a number of members now under investigation for the incursion into the capitol building that halted a joint session of congress gathered to certify the results of the election.

After the capitol riots that resulted in the deaths of five people – including a police officer — Rogers tweeted, “congress caused the killing of a peaceful unarmed Air Force veteran today because of their ignoring of the requests from the people. She was shot in her neck and is now deceased. All they had to do was allow for an audit of the machines and votes. This could have been avoided.”

She was referring to the death of a demonstrator shot by police as she attempted to break into the capitol building as congressmen and senators fled from the mob. Congress later rejected requests to conduct another audit of the votes before accepting state certifications of votes, which had been validated by multiple court cases.

Rogers also blamed the capitol riots on left-wing agitators, although the FBI has concluded no false-flag, Black Lives Matter demonstrators were involved in the riots.

“I condemn the radical Antifa mobs for attacking the Capitol and I condemn the Democrats for wanting to defund the very police who protected them,” she tweeted.

Peter Aleshire covers county government and other topics for the Independent. He is the former editor of the Payson Roundup. Reach him at paleshire@payson.com

(33) comments

pioneerfamily

Rogers is crazy as a squirrel after a long hard winter.

sensible

She is a lunatic! Trump is responsible for all the Covid deaths ... Squirrels are not crazy they are pretty smart actually but I do actually agree with you pioneer.. Be safe.

Hairy

How is Trump responsible for all Covid deaths?

pioneerfamily

Apparently you haven’t watched the news for the last year? Maybe you were getting bleach treatments intravenously per your great leader and you weren’t able to see clearly. Intravenous bleach will do that to a person.

libertyminded

Trump ignored warnings in January of last year and he was recorded as knowing the virus was airborne in February but he forgot to tell us, instead he told us it was a Hoax and belittled people for wearing masks, for starters.

Vtrone

Rogers wants to name 260 in honor of Trump a Fascist, a self admitted sexual predator,a pathological liar,a busines swindler,a racist,a misogynist, a demagogue, and now add to the list, a traitor who perpetrated an attack on the United States Constitution and the United States government it established.

RetAF

I like people who weren't impeached twice. I like people who didn't lose the popular vote twice.

VicktheChick3

Why does the very first word of this article reflect a bias of the entire newspaper against Trump. Trump is not GONE. Trump will never be forgotten. Naming Highway 260 after him is a wonderful idea.

Debrowe

Unfortunately, you may be right that Trump will never be forgotten, but not for the reasons you think. The majority of Americans are glad that at least for now he IS GONE.

trishev

Seriously??? No.

libertyminded

No Way, the costs of replacing damaged or shot-up Trump Highway signs would be totally prohibitive.

longtimeresident

Best reply ever!!

peterh

NOW THATS MORE TRUE !!!!AND FUNNY !!!!!

Bob Smith

Crazy got her elected over a well-loved local. Crazy beat out a traditional Republican conservative. Crazy is what appeals to enough voters in this district to elect a carpetbagger whose only interest is higher office. Sylva embraced Trump and the result was brainwashed constituents. She has no one to blame but herself. With any luck the UFO'S will return and take Wendy back to the fictional world she came from...maybe take Walt while they're at it.

phxnative54

How about we rename the Salt River Landfill to the "Memorial Donald J. Trump Dump"? The ancillary business could be the "Wendy Rogers Refuse Recycling Facility."

cakeman

How about the bridge that will be built over the Tonto Basin? That already has Trump's name on it. "The Bridge for Stupid People". I knew Rogers would be another carnival side show.

Not Donald Trump

It's time for Rogers and her Republican lemmings to stop sucking up to Trump and get over it. He got elected, went down in flames and proved himself to be the worst president in history. Just go away, please. Now.

trishev

Trump is a loser in more ways than one. Why would we embarrass Arizona at all by naming anything after him much less a major highway? AZ voted "blue" in the presidential election. Get over it. He has done nothing to make me proud of his administration. The man is demented, self centered and doesn't care a fig for anyone but himself. Time to write our councilmen, senator and governor to protest any such idea.

byecall

My goodness.............TDS is still alive and well in these comments. People, people, people, he is no longer President. Blaming him for everything STILL.....now that is crazy thinking.

phxnative54

byecall: That doesn't mean we need to name anything after that corrupt, incompetent loser. Except, like I suggested earlier, maybe a trash dump.

byecall

As I said, it amazes me how so many liberals still get allow themselves to be triggered by one person. The White Mountain communities are very conservative. The valley not so much.

libertyminded

We blame him for the screwed up response to Covid

Clown2

The only thing crazier than this lady is the possibility that our politicians would do this! Not so fun fact: this ex-prez is responsible for the death of people during the insurrection and he betrayed his country. Maybe Rogers should actually think about doing her job that our taxes pay her to do!

Gandolf

Wendy is one sandwich short of a picnic.

peterh

LOL GOOD DESCRIPTION !!!!!

Vtrone

Anyone that would want to degrade highway 260 by naming it after Trump would have to be intellectually challenged, informationally deprived and not have the sense that God gave an animal cracker.

Hairy

Pioneer family how does your snarky stupid reply answer an honest question. Read carefully.... how is Trump responsible for ALL covid deaths.

peterh

From day one,he said it was A hoax!!!!!

pioneerfamily

Not all, just half. Does that make him your hero?

Vtrone

He ignored warnings in January, he said he knew better than the medical scientists, he sent 18 tons of PDP to China when it was needed the most by our doctors and nurses, he refused to use the federal government to help states fight Covid-19, he was an advocate for not wearing a mask, and he lied about everything. That gave him the name Captain Clorox.

phxnative54

Congratulations, Wendy! Your "peeps" in the Oath Keepers are being rounded up and indicted on conspiracy charges. Nice company you keep!

U.S. alleges wider Oath Keepers conspiracy, adds more charges in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

"A 21-page indictment alleged that the defendants “did knowingly combine, conspire, confederate, and agree with each other and others known and unknown” to force entry to the Capitol and obstruct Congress from certifying the election of Joe Biden as president in riots that led to five deaths and assaults on 139 police."

- Washington Post, Feb. 19, 2021

RandyD

Maybe, "The Donald J. Trump Insurrectionist Highway."

libertyminded

If named for Trump, it should be the "Wrongway Highway"!

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