• March 30, 2015

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New 911 address signs being installed in Concho area

CONCHO — Often, one of the most difficult tasks that emergency responders face is locating the correct house. Everyone should know their “911 address.”

Comment on ADOT’s 5-year plan underway

As the Arizona Department of Transportation begins making plans for improvements to the state highway system over the next five years, the major focus will be on preserving existing infrastructure to ensure that it remains in good condition, while providing a reliable transportation network for drivers. It can be a tough balance, as constrained funding simply cannot meet all the transportation needs around the state.

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Taxpayers receiving identity verification letters should use IRS official website

PHOENIX — The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers who receive requests from the IRS to verify their identities that the Identity Verification Service Website, idverify.irs.gov, offers the fastest, easiest way to complete the task.

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Analysis: Explaining the teacher shortage — Part 2

Editor’s note: Part one of this three-part series on the growing teacher shortage crisis cited a report by the Arizona Department of Education’s Educator Retention and Recruitment Task Force which highlighted some of the numbers related to the teacher shortage and listed some of the reasons why.

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Commission awards $11,600 to Apache County Sheriff’s Office

APACHE COUNTY — The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission will be awarding $604,339 to 13 criminal justice agencies and nonprofit organizations across the state to fund evidence-based drug prevention and education programs focused on Arizona youth and young adults.

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WMP expands Wampum, discontinues Star Watch

White Mountain Publishing has announced changes to its Wampum Saver and Star Watch publications.

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Pump shot: Gas prices sink a 3-center

WHITE MOUNTAINS — This week, Arizona and the nation experienced a welcome fall at the pump. Arizona dropped more than 3 cents to $2.416. Nationwide, prices fell 2 cents to $2.425.     

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Eggstra cute

A young girl chooses an egg in the grass during a previous Hare Raising Easter Egg Hunt at Show Low City Park.

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Cellular One holding first #BeUnlimited Scholarship Challenge

WHITE MOUNTAINS — FLEXPLUS, powered by Cellular One, announced a new scholarship initiative aimed at rewarding one deserving local student from Navajo or Apache counties striving to attain his or her educational goals at Northland Pioneer College.  

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Pinetop-Lakeside med student learns his next destination

PHOENIX — Jordan Roberts, who grew up in Pinetop-Lakeside, knew this day would come for most of his life. On Friday, he learned that he will spend at least the next three years training to be a family medicine physician in Salt Lake City.

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Locals to unite March 29 to thank, honor Vietnam vets, their families

WHITE MOUNTAINS — Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary of Show Low will be hosting a “Welcome Home” luncheon for all Vietnam veterans and their guests on Vietnam Veterans Day, at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the VFW Hall, 381 N. Central Ave.

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Ousted Concho fire chief files open meetings complaint with state AG

CONCHO — Former Concho Fire Chief Terry Shobe thought he was doing a pretty good job as fire chief. After all, the job only paid a stipend of $800 a month, but Shobe, being a retired consultant, felt he could afford to do something worthwhile during his retirement.

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Apache County 4-H inviting teens, adults to hike the Grand Canyon

Every year millions of people visit the Grand Canyon. Most choose to view it from the top. Very few people make the commitment to experience the Grand Canyon from within the canyon walls.

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Rep. Kirkpatrick introduces 3-bill package for veterans

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., has introduced a package of veterans legislation aimed at three priority areas: protecting VA whistleblowers, improving resources for Native American veterans and strengthening VA information security.

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Home is the setting for many unintentional injuries for children

In 2013 more than 7,600 children ages 19 and under died from unintentional injuries and another 8.3 million were seen in emergency departments. Another way of looking at this would be: nearly every hour a child dies from a preventable injury in the United States, making unintentional injuries the leading cause of death for children.

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Residents say no to more wolves

APACHE COUNTY — When a resident John Bennett, asked those attending a public meeting if anyone there supported the wolves’ release, no one raised their hand.

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Join Arbor Day Foundation, receive free trees

The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees. Join the foundation in March and receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees.

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Governor orders flags lowered in honor of slain Navajo Nation officer

PHOENIX - Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered that flags be lowered in honor of slain Navajo Nation officer.

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Why are Arizona, the rest of the country losing so many teachers?

This three-part series will take a look at the growing concern regarding the shortage of teachers, not only in Arizona and locally, but across the country as well. The reasons for this shortage will be discussed as well as what some experts believe can be done about it.

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Dorothy ‘Dody’ Jones — pioneer rancher

Editor’s note: This is the first of a column called “Looking Back” written by former White Mountain Independent reporter Jo Baeza. “I believe that, as Americans, we can’t see where we’re going without looking back at where we’ve been. This column deals with the lives of ordinary people who have lived through extraordinary times in American history and with the wisdom they have to share,” Baeza explains. Her new column will be published every other week.

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Nature center assists in golden eagle rehab journey

WHITE MOUNTAINS — Raptor rehabilitator Susan Taggart joined White Mountain Nature Center board members Jeffrey Wolf and Kelly Taggart as they examined a golden eagle that recently came into Taggart’s care. The golden eagle was injured in an accidental highway vehicle encounter.

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