• September 4, 2015

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Groups to feds: Tighten mining rules in light of river spill

Citing the release of millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into a southwestern Colorado river earlier this month, a coalition of conservation groups, two Arizona Native American tribes and two county governments petitioned federal agencies Tuesday to tighten mining regulation on public lands.

US 60 east to close briefly for blasting Sept. 9-10

Motorists traveling along US 60 between Phoenix and Globe on Wednesday and Thursday mornings need to plan ahead or allow extra time as the Arizona Department of Transportation continues blasting work as part of an improvement project to build a new passing lane and widen roadway shoulders east of Superior, about 110 miles from the Show Low.

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American Red Cross of Northern Arizona looking for volunteers

The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to help teach life-saving skills to their neighbors and school children in northern Arizona communities.  

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Low cost of crude oil being passed on to customers

WHITE MOUNTAINS — Low crude costs caused pump prices to plummet this week. The statewide average plunged almost 8 cents a gallon to $2.612. Nationwide, prices fell almost 12 cents to $2.534.

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Supervisors cancel two elections, recall still on

ST. JOHNS — Two fire district special elections meant to fill empty governing board seats have been canceled, saving each district thousands of dollars.

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Tipsy Tow returns for last summer holiday

WHITE MOUNTAINS — AAA wants Arizonans to end their summer on a positive note. The safety advocate is offering its Tipsy Tow service to ensure revelers have a safe ride home.

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Troopers to increase presence during Labor Day

State troopers will increase patrols for the Labor Day holiday weekend. Several operations across the state will focus on distracted drivers, impaired drivers and seatbelt safety. The overall goal is to reduce collisions especially the serious and fatal injury related ones attributed to dangerous drivers.

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4FRI, Good Earth Power and forest thinning/restoration

Editor’s note: This new feature will present monthly reports on the activities of restoration projects currently being planned or implemented within the Four Forests Restoration Initiative and outside of the 4FRI area. This includes thinning, prescribed and managed fires and the NEPA process on future projects.

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UPDATED: Man accidentally shoots self in the head - 9:30 a.m.

UPDATED 09/03/15 9:30 a.m. - Navajo County Chief Deputy Jim Molesa said all of the people involved in the Wednesday shooting were from the Phoenix area.

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UPDATED 2 p.m: USDA denies loan for Apache Railway

UPDATED 09/03/15 2 p.m.: NAVAJO COUNTY — It’s been a week of good news and bad news for the Apache Railway.

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Lightning sparks reservation fire

FORT APACHE RESERVATION — Lightning sparked a fire Friday, Aug. 28, on the Fort Apache Reservation, south of Fraught Ridge.

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Baeza looking for ‘Rosie’

Where you Rosie the Riveter, who represents the women who worked in factories and shipyards during the World War II?

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Nutrioso to host first-ever school reunion

NUTRIOSO — People who attended school in the rock schoolhouse in Nutrioso will have their first ever reunion this coming Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-5.

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US 60 east to close briefly for blasting Sept. 2-3

Motorists traveling along US 60 between Phoenix and Globe on Wednesday and Thursday mornings for the next two weeks need to plan ahead or allow extra time as the Arizona Department of Transportation continues blasting work as part of an improvement project to build a new passing lane and widen roadway shoulders east of Superior, about 110 miles from the Show Low.

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Gary Kiehne states his case

VERNON — Round Valley resident Gary Kiehne is no quitter.

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Show Low Police nab nearly $24K in grants from Governor’s Office

SHOW LOW — Show Low Police Department received two traffic safety grants from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

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Natural Resource Working Group joins 4FRI

WHITE MOUNTAINS — The Four Forests Restoration Initiative, better known as 4FRI, just got a whole lot bigger with the signing of the 4FRI Charter by members of the Natural Resource Working Group.

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Will legislation fix the problem?

Editor’s note: This ongoing series will take a look at the rising cost of fighting wildfires, the effects of the lack of money on other forest programs, how the economy is affected, and the efforts to try and fix the issues. Part 1 of this series covered the numbers — of fires currently burning, of acres burned, of personnel changes over the years, the amount of the Forest Service budget being used to fight fires and the resulting cuts in the budget of non-fire departments and programs. Part 2 took a closer look at the impacts of those reductions. This final article takes a look at the two main pieces of legislation proposed to help the Forest Service’s budget and speed up the government’s approval process for thinning projects and providing adequate resources for reforestation.

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WMAT, Little Colorado River Plateau receive two $30K grants for livestock revitalization

The Little Colorado River Plateau Resource Conservation and Development Area, acting as fiscal agent and sponsor of the Grasshopper Livestock Association (White Mountain Apache Tribe), recently received a $30,000 grant from the First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colo.

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Survey says: Traffic safety laws need to improve

A recent statewide survey by AAA shows that Arizona drivers want their fellow motorists to be calm, sober and focus.

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Lightning ignites 8-acre fire near Greens Peak

APACHE COUNTY — The Springerville Ranger District detected a lightning-caused Little Giant Fire on Monday, Aug. 24. The fire is located four miles north of Greens Peak in Apache County and is at eight acres in mixed conifer.

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