• March 29, 2015

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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.

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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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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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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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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Man's mission is to bring attention to GMO labeling

WHITE MOUNTAINS — Inspired by the movies “Forest Gump” and “A Walk Across America,” Taylor Lancaster left Santa Barbara, Calif., on Jan. 5, heading across America on foot.

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How to make your home defensible from wildfire

SPRINGERVILLE — The White Mountains may have received moisture recently, but we still need to be careful with fire. Warm daytime temperatures and high winds will dry out light fuels quickly, making it easy for fires to spread.

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Use of drugs by Marcus' mother will follow baby through childhood

Editor’s note: This is part of a monthly series highlighting children in the Apache County foster care system needing volunteer advocates.

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NPC Friends and Family: New name but still changing lives

WHITE MOUNTAINS — Since 1991 Northland Pioneer College has had a foundation whose purpose was to raise funds to support the students of Northland Pioneer College, primarily through scholarships and grants.

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Gasoline prices continue to climb

WHITE MOUNTAINS — Gas prices are rising almost as quickly as they have fallen over the past few months. Last week, the price of a gallon of gas in the state jumped more than 11 cents to $2.197. Nationwide, prices rose more than 4 cents to $2.273.

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APS: Balloons pose hazard to electrical grid

WHITE MOUNTAINS — Balloons often make popular gifts, however, they can play havoc with power lines and cause power disruptions that impact thousands of homes and businesses, APS says.

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