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Managing Traffic, Preparing for Winter Visitors  

Winter recreation traffic congestion has long been a two-pronged issue for residents and visitors alike. Tourism represents a major economic driver in our region and is an important contributor to all of us who live and work in Arizona’s north country.    With increasing tourism comes the equally important second prong of public safety issues that accompany […]

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Art Babbott

Cultivating Regional Forest Industries

Catastrophic wildfire and the flooding that often follows a destructive wildfire represent the number one public safety risk for Coconino County’s citizens and communities. Strong community support and regional cooperation exist to move initiatives, such as Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) and the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project (FWPP), forward. However, significant implementation challenges remain. Two […]

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Farmer’s Markets: A Growing Popularity

  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) comprehensive National Directory of Farmers Markets, the number of farmers markets increased by 16 percent between 2009 and 2010. Arizona lists 74 markets in this directory, with two in Flagstaff. “People are more conscientious about what they are eating. A lot of them are coming out […]

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