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Experts: Water-safety message needs to reach all ages

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gilbert dad Cody Thomson has a problem with pool-safety campaigns: the pool part.

Acting VA secretary tells Senate $17.6B needed to fix faltering agency

WASHINGTON – Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson told a Senate committee Wednesday that the agency will need another $17.6 billion over the next three years to cut patient waiting times for the rising number of veterans.

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Arizona family helps ‘put a face’ on veteran suicides, look at VA’s role

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Iraq war veteran Daniel Somers was struggling with physical and emotional scars, a victim of post-traumatic stress disorder after tours of duty saw him in repeated action in the Gulf.

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AAA: Stall on these five auto fixes

Before you schedule that annual tune-up, think again.

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Lightning sparks two more forest fires

SPRINGERVILLE — Lightning sparked a number small fires within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Service last week. Smoke may be visible from U.S. Highways 180/191 and the community within the Blue Area as well as the town of Alpine.

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Tenney urges Senate to focus on wildfire prevention

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Navajo County Supervisor David Tenney told a Senate panel Tuesday that forest thinning is a “smart and responsible” way to curb wildfires and that fighting fires after they’ve started cannot be the only strategy.

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Kirkpatrick introduces VA whistleblower protection bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., introduced a bill to protect whistleblowers from retaliation in the Department of Veterans Affairs. The legislation comes after Kirkpatrick and her colleagues on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee heard from a witness panel of VA whistleblowers, including Dr. Katherine Mitchell of the Phoenix VA Health Care System.

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Employment improves, but disabled jobless rate stays stubbornly high

WASHINGTON, D.C. – While the U.S. unemployment rate fell from 7.9 percent in 2012 to 7.1 percent in 2013, the jobless rate for people with disabilities remained stubbornly above 13 percent – which comes as little surprise to advocates.

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NPC pharmacy technician training gets students job-ready in 4 months

SNOWFLAKE — In just four months, you could be working as a certified pharmacy technician working in a retail or hospital pharmacy.

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Lightning sparks two more fires in forest

SPRINGERVILLE - Lightning has sparked two small fires within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Service this week.

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Forest Service receives emergency stabilization funds

WHITE MOUNTAINS — The Forest Service’s Washington Office approved emergency stabilization funds requested following the San Juan Fire that started on June 26. The fire was located on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests south of the community of Vernon.

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Fuel Wood Permits Now On Sale

Springerville, AZ; July 17, 2014—The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests are selling personal and commercial fuel wood permits for various types of dead/down and dead standing trees. Permits can be purchased at all five local Forest Service Ranger Stations. There is a limit of 10 cords of personal use fuel wood per year. The number of cords purchased on the spring permit is counted towards your total fuel wood purchase when the fall permits become available. Diameter at Breast Height (DBH): 4-1/2 feet from the base of the tree at ground level.

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Arizona ranked in top five states for alcohol-related deaths in CDC study

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Arizona was tied for the fourth-highest rate of alcohol-related deaths among its working-age population from 2006 to 2010, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.

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Burned Area Emergency Response Team identifies key messages on the San Juan Fire located on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

The Forest Service’s Washington Office approved Emergency Stabilization funds requested following the San Juan Fire that started on June 26.  The fire was located on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests south of the community of Vernon, Ariz.  “Now that funding has been received we can finalize work plans to get the work implemented,” according to Jim Zornes, Forest Supervisor of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

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Magnet Fire located on Clifton Ranger District being monitored

SPRINGERVILLE  — Smoke may be visible from U.S. Highway 180 from the Magnet Fire located within the Blue Primitive Area located on the Clifton Ranger District.

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Candidate for governor Scott Smith visits

WHITE MOUNTAINS — Former Mesa mayor and gubernatorial candidate Scott Smith recently visited the White Mountains, with stops in Show Low, St. Johns and Eagar.

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The ‘big talk’ parents must start now

Would you believe that when you search the Web you’ll find more books on cooking than you will on parenting? It’s true; I searched and found about 80,000 cookbooks and 40,000 parenting books. As parents, it would be great if we could follow a recipe and “poof” — the perfect kid comes out of the oven 18 years later.

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Burned Area Emergency Response Team evaluates

Today the Forest Service’s Washington Office approved Emergency Stabilization funds requested following the now contained San Juan Fire that started on June 26.  The fire was located on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests south of the community of Vernon, Ariz.  “Now that funding has been received we can finalize a work plan to get the work implemented,” according to Jim Zornes, Forest Supervisor of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

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Census: Apache, Navajo counties considered ‘poverty areas’

WHITE MOUNTAINS — Apache and Navajo counties are both considered “poverty areas,” according to a new Census report. “Poverty areas” are those where 20 percent of people or more live in poverty.

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Magnet Fire located on Clifton Ranger District being monitored

SPRINGERVILLE — Smoke may be visible from U.S. Highway 180 from the Magnet Fire located within the Blue Primitive Area located on the Clifton Ranger District.  The fire started on July 5 and is now at 28 acres in size.  

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WWII vet invites locals to join with him in fundraising runs

WHITE MOUNTAINS — All Ernie Andrus wants is to get an old warship back to Normandy for a special D-Day anniversary. He’ll go any distance — literally — to get that done.

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Road Construction on Forest Service Road 249 to Big Lake

Springerville, AZ—July 9, 2014:  Forest Service Road (FSR) 249, a popular road from Alpine to the Big Lake Recreation area will be a smooth, paved road by the end of next summer. The construction project began July 7, and will run Monday-Friday with no work on weekends. The road will be open and will not hamper the public’s plans to camp, fish or recreate.   

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Temporary Closures Areas in the San Juan Fire burned area on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

Springerville, AZ; June 9, 2014—Temporary closures were modified on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 in the area of the San Juan Fire. If you have business in the area of the closure, please contact the Springerville Ranger District at 928-333-6200 to apply for an access permit.

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Celebrating the 4th of July around the Mountain
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All fire restrictions lifted on Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

Springerville, AZ—July 8, 2013; The Apache-Sitgreaves will proceed in lifting all current fire restrictions on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests as of 8:00 a.m. on July 8, 2014.  Fire restrictions for Stage I and Stage II have been lifted on all five ranger districts.

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