• April 26, 2015

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USDA awards funds to expand, accelerate wood energy, product markets

WHITE MOUNTAINS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded over $9 million for the expand and acceleration of wood energy and other wood product markets. The federal funds will leverage $22 million in investments from partners, resulting in a total investment of $31 million in 23 states.

War correspondent contributes to soldier morale

“A Step Back in Time” is a feature of The Independent in conjunction with the Inaugural Hangar Dance — A White Mountain Salute to Veterans, to take place Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Show Low Airport. This series focuses on events and veterans of war. Inaugural Hangar Dance sponsorship opportunities are available by calling Wiley Acheson at 537-5721, ext. 234.

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Edge fund: Pump prices inch up

WHITE MOUNTAINS — Over the past week, fuel prices have ticked upward. This week, Arizona prices rose a half-cent to $2.337. Nationwide, prices climbed almost a penny to $2.408.                       

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New law makes Native Americans eligible for school choice program

Gov. Doug Ducey has signed SB1332 into law, officially expanding the state’s innovate Empowerment Scholarship Account program offering unprecedented educational options to all students living on tribal lands, which includes 22 reservations in total.

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State Route 473 to Hawley Lake to reopen in the White Mountains

The Arizona Department of Transportation is reopening State Route 473 to Hawley Lake Wednesday, April 22.

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Visiting ‘time capsule’ Cuba

Editor’s note: White Mountain residents Julie and Glen Bradley recently returned from a two-week trip to Cuba. In this article, Julie shares their experiences and impressions.

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Emergency response agencies request help

ST. JOHNS — Apache County has the highest per-capita instances of completed or successful suicides, 66 suicides last year, according to the Little Colorado Behavioral Health Center.

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St. Johns’ comings and goings, anniversaries and birthdays

The St. Johns office of The Independent will be receiving a new sign for the building to let our customers know we are still here! I have had a few people ask me where we had moved to. We have not moved location. We simply took the sign down to have it repainted and it should go up sometime this week. Enjoy the new sign!

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St. Johns show draws plenty of gun enthusiasts

ST. JOHNS — The Gun Show held in St. Johns April 11 was well attended by firearms enthusiasts looking for their next find.

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If left untreated, worms can damage pet arteries, leading to heart failure

PHOENIX — With the beginning of a new mosquito season, the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association is reminding pet owners that April is Heartworm Awareness Month.

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UPDATED: Firefighters battling blaze near Vernon - 4/16/15 12:36 p.m.

UPDATE - 04/16/15:The Ecks Fire has been contained, according to Pamela Baltimore of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

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Pump prices offer early returns

PHOENIX — Over the past few weeks, pump prices have been less taxing on motorists’ nerves and wallets. This week, Arizona dropped more than 2 cents to $2.331. Nationwide, prices slid a fraction of a penny to $2.399.

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Free hand

Jolene Baird races her horse toward the finish during a barrel-racing event at the Apache County Fairgrounds in St. Johns last Saturday, April 4.

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Spring flings and Easter things

Learned From The Easter Bunny

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Supervisors stick with National Bank of Arizona

ST. JOHNS — Some residents and business people from the St. Johns area are happy that soon they won’t have to drive far to conduct banking business. At Tuesday’s meeting, they cheered the Apache County Board of Supervisors for sticking with a previous decision in choosing National Bank of Arizona as its service bank

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Burn permits still available for property clean up

WHITE MOUNTAINS — It's not too early to be on the lookout for wildfires, as shown by the recently ignited Odart Fire.

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600-acre prescribed burning planned Thursday in Greer area

GREER —The Springerville Ranger District is planning on burning on Thursday, April 9, weather permitting. The district plans to burn about 600 acres under the Greer burn plan just north of Arizona State Highways 260 and 373, which is the road leading to Greer.

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Part 3: Teacher shortage — what to do about it

WHITE MOUNTAINS — The first two parts of this series on the growing teacher shortage crisis listed some of the reasons for the shortages as reported by the Arizona’s Department of Education’s Educator Retention and Recruitment Task Force, and what teachers, some administrators and parents gave as reasons.

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Firefighters contain Odart Fire on Fort Apache Reservation

FORT APACHE RESERVATION — A fire on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, about 2 miles west of the Odart Lookout Tower, was being contained at 11.5 acres Monday morning.

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Don’t be fooled by trick scammers, IRS warns

The IRS warns taxpayers not to be fooled by the tricks scammers use to take advantage of those they target. Scammers use fake names, provide bogus IRS badge numbers and alter caller ID numbers to make it look like the IRS is calling.

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The Lone Rider

ST. JOHNS — You could call him the Lone Rider, but Len Crow is out to ride for all the homeless children and orphans who need homes. This native of Ontario, Canada, has done some long charity rides in the past, but this ride stretches 6,790 miles from the Arctic Ocean at Deadhorse, near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, all the way to Guadalajara, Mexico.

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