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Don Brandt

Keeping on the Right Clean Energy Course for Arizona

The fight over a so-called clean energy ballot measure from California billionaire Tom Steyer has been in the news a lot lately. At best, this proposed change to our state constitution is ill-conceived and irresponsible energy policy. At worst, it is political gaming at the expense of Arizona residents. Either way, it sets Arizona’s energy […]

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Karon LynnAudio

Protecting Against Noise: How Hearing is Damaged

The most common cause of permanent hearing loss is noise exposure. That being said, unless you live in a perfectly quiet world, it is likely that you are exposing your hearing organ (cochlea) to excessive vibration. We hear through vibration and vibration is what causes the damage! It is a Catch-22. The hearing organ is […]

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JD Hoyt

Ways to Protect Your Estate and Prepare for Your Future

Proper estate management is critical when working toward a more sound and stable financial life. From your wills to beneficiaries and beyond, estates require thoughtful strategies. Yet, many Americans still haven’t protected themselves in the ways they should. In fact, only 40 percent of adults have a will or living trust. If you don’t have […]

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Allergy Free Flagstaff

Eating Nuts Reduces More Than Just Your Waistline

Food scientists and medical researchers are calling nuts the latest superfood for their ability to reduce the risk of a number of diseases. From cancer and heart disease to diabetes and obesity, studies indicate consuming nuts prevents disease and promotes a healthy metabolism. Studies in the United States and Europe have shown a higher consumption […]

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Ed Gussio

New AZ COBRA Law Coming for Small Businesses

Beginning Jan. 1, small employers offering certain employee benefits such as group medical, dental and vision insurance will be required to offer continuation of coverage for 18 months to employees separating employment under the new law. This sounds very similar to Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) that employers with 20 or more […]

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T Paul Thomas

Ask the CEO: Exceptional Customer Service

Most of my columns are based on experiences I’ve had with my former companies. Most of my organizations were in business-to-business selling, so my experience with retail is relatively limited to personal buying experiences. That being said, I think many of the practices I used still apply to today’s small business, or any retail business. […]

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Making the Most of Monsoon Season

Last month, we talked about ways of being “water-wise” in our dry climate, such as using drip irrigation systems and selecting drought-resistant plants for your garden. Now, as the monsoon season starts, we thought we should examine how you can take advantage of these naturally wetter months by practicing rainwater harvesting. When you read “rainwater […]

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