• February 27, 2015

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Sen. Sylvia Allen explains proposed bill to lessen open meeting law restrictions

WHITE MOUNTAINS — Sen. Sylvia Allen has introduced a bill she believes will improve Arizona’s Opening Meeting Law.

UPDATED: Internet, cellphone service restored

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Fashion frenzy

Rene Martinez of Nogales is all decked out as he gets ready to hit the slopes for night skiing Saturday at the Sunrise Park Resort. Martinez came north with a large group of Boy Scouts from Troop 555 of Nogales. The ski park held its annual Winter Games on Feb. 21 and 22. See more photos of the weekend's events in Friday's edition.

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February safety message - Preparation is key to surviving a house fire

In 2013 there were 369,500 reported residential structure fires in the United States, and 2,755 civilians were killed in these home fires. Fire can spread rapidly, leaving as little as one or two minutes to safely escape after the smoke detector sounds.

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Elks celebrate 147 years of community service

CHICAGO, IL — Local Elks Lodges throughout the United States and in Guam, Puerto Rico and the Panama Canal celebrated 147 years of community service Jan. 16, 2015.

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Variety of reasons push gas prices above $2

WHITE MOUNTAINS — Across the state and country, pump prices continue to rebound for a variety of reasons. This week, the price of a gallon of gas in the state jumped nearly 11 cents to $2.086. Nationwide, prices increased 8 cents to $2.231.

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Sen. Sylvia Allen explains proposed bill to lessen open meeting law restrictions

WHITE MOUNTAINS — Sen. Sylvia Allen has introduced a bill she believes will improve Arizona’s Opening Meeting Law.

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Filing fake documents to hide income on IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of tax scams

Hiding taxable income by filing false Form 1099s or other fake documents is a scam that taxpayers should always avoid and guard against, the Internal Revenue Service said. This scheme is one of those on the annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season.

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NPC Listening Sessions College seeks suggestions, ideas for reshaping campus

What should Northland Pioneer College look like in the future?

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NPC, United Way partner to provide free tax preparation, e-filing assistance

Free tax help and e-filing is available in Navajo and Apache counties for families with incomes less than $65,000 through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA program, sponsored by United Way of Northern Arizona and Northland Pioneer College.

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AARP Fraud Watch Network launches effort to foil tax ID thieves

WHITE MOUNTAINS — To coincide with the recent Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week (Jan. 26-30), the AARP Fraud Watch Network launched an education effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams, releasing a new video, a tip sheet and encouraging people to take advantage of AARP’s free tax preparation services.

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Weekend events feature cook-off, dog pulls, races, poker run, snow sculpting

SUNRISE PARK RESORT — The Winter Games are on, and they’re happening this weekend at Sunrise Park Resort. Lots of fun and exciting events will be offered on both Saturday and Sunday.

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Cross-country runners highlighting health, fitness among White Mountain children

WHITE MOUNTAIN — Sporting a Jamaican-style hat and dreadlocks, Alex Ramsey, 29, of North Canton, Ohio, reached the finish line on Old Linden Road as it neared the Deuce of Clubs in Show Low Tuesday afternoon, after running another daily marathon — 26.2 miles — without shoes.

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Part 2 - Watershed conference highlights concerns over water shortages

Editor’s note: Highlights of the Annual Winter Watershed Conference are being presented in a three-part series. Part one focused on the White Mountain Apache Tribe water settlement. The second part was supposed to be on forest information including the Four Forest Initiative, but it has been  moved that to the third part of the series.

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Friends and lovers - White Mountain couples present united front

WHITE MOUNTAINS — There are many stories about Valentine’s Day and how it originated. One thing is for sure, it is the day that most of us think about love.

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A first in Navajo County history

Supervisor Dawnafe Whitesinger from District 5 was named chair of the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 10. Whitesinger, an Apache, is the first woman in the county to serve in that capacity. She grew up on the Fort Apache Reservation and now lives in the Pinetop-Lakeside area. Whitesinger holds a bachelor's in elementary education from Arizona State University and a master's in curriculum development from the University of Michigan. She also serves on the First Things First White Mountain Apache Regional Partnership Council as the vice chairperson and is the president for the Sunrise Park Resort Board of Directors.

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ADOT launches Web-based tool for commercial carriers, drivers

PHOENIX — With more than 70 permit options for commercial drivers, the Arizona Department of Transportation’s new online tool allows for quick, accurate information in one stop.

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Governor Doug Ducey Orders Flags Lowered to Half-Staff in Honor of Kayla Mueller

PHOENIX - Governor Doug Ducey has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from Tuesday, February 10, 2015 until sunset Wednesday, February 11, 2015, in honor of Kayla Mueller, a Prescott resident killed while serving a humanitarian aid mission in Syria.

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A new way to get your replacement SSA-1099 online

Soon you may be joining the millions of taxpayers who will be gathering the forms they need to file their federal, state and local tax returns. If you receive Social Security benefits, one of the forms you may need is your Social Security Benefit Statement, SSA-1099/1042S.   

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TV show to search for hidden gems in the White Mountains

WHITE MOUNTAINS — A pair of antique pickers is coming to the area in search of hidden gems. The producers of the “American Pickers,” a documentary series that airs on the History Channel, recently contacted Jimmie Applegate, director of the Show Low Chamber of Commerce, and announced intentions to visit the region.

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Gov. Ducey appoints state forester

PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey appointed Jeff Whitney as director of the Arizona State Forestry Division.

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