Monday, October 20, 2014 - Northern Arizona's Locally Owned Newspaper

Sportsmen Want Permanent Uranium Mining Ban

The U.S. House of Representatives has included a provision in a spending bill that would short-circuit a 2-year-old ban on new uranium mining covering one million acres of public lands surrounding the Grand Canyon National Park. But local businesses and sportsmen say that protecting these lands from new uranium mining is critical for supporting hunting, fishing, and tourism jobs >> Read More…

Presidio Development Moving Forward

At Flagstaff City Council’s noon meeting Tuesday, councilmembers voted to approve the Presidio in the Pines Surety Completion Agreement — an accord with the Phoenix-based American Contractors Indemnity Company (ACIC), which will complete work on the development as promised to the city in 2004. Sized at 91 acres, Presidio in the Pines is a mixed-use >> Read More…

Fire Fighting Crews Face Extreme Heat Warning

Communities throughout the southwest are continuing to assist with Arizona’s All Hazard Incident Management Team. Even before 9:00 this morning, firefighters arriving in Phoenix from Colorado felt the heat. “I’m in shock and this is probably the hottest I’ve been,” said Jason Kline of the Red, White, and Blue Fire Protection District from the Town >> Read More…

Moratorium on Uranium Mining Extended

The federal government today extended a moratorium on new mining claims at the Grand Canyon.  The extension will be in place for six months, said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. The Interior Secretary cited concerns about water, air quality and scenery for the moratorium.  Salazar has said he and the Obama administration prefer a 20 year >> Read More…

Wallow Firefighting Progress and Flood Preparation

Firefighting officials say the Wallow Fire in Eastern Arizona is 18% contained this afternoon, after consuming 469,407 acres. 36 structures have been lost, with 2,714 threatened. As crews work to prevent spread of the fire into New Mexico, 4,734 personnel remain fighting the fire. Some roads remain closed, but the Arizona Department of Transportation has >> Read More…

Rising From the Ground…Building an Energy Star Home

This is the third installment in a series chronicling the steps to building an energy efficient home based on a current project here in Flagstaff. We are building a house for a professor just north of NAU who is prioritizing energy efficiency. The first two articles covered the basics of getting out of the ground. >> Read More…

Peak Engineering Inc. Celebrating Success

The partners of Peak Engineering, Inc. in Flagstaff are celebrating their one year anniversary.   Julie Leid, Anne Dunno and Tom Smith left other engineering jobs to start a new firm during the recession.  The partners are reporting a successful first year and have hired their first employee. Julie Leid says Peak Engineering has a >> Read More…

Navajo Generating Station Hearing Underway

At the request of Congressmen Gosar and Trent Franks the Natural Resources Subcommittees Water and Power and Indian and Alaska Native Affairs  held an oversight hearing on “Protecting Long-Term Tribal Energy Jobs and Keeping Arizona Water and Power Costs Affordable: The Current and Future Role of the Navajo Generating Station.” Located near Page, Arizona, the >> Read More…

Construction Beginning Along Snowbowl Road

Construction is expected to begin this month along a segment of Snowbowl Road (Forest Road 516), as crews clear trees and build the snowmaking infrastructure for the ski resort.  More than six miles of water pipeline needs to be installed so the reclaimed water can be transported up the mountain. Construction will be adjacent to >> Read More…

Sustainability in Business: A Case Study

Moving businesses towards sustainability – balancing social, economic, environmental considerations to meet our needs and those of future generations – is something that has always been a charged subject, especially when government takes the initiative. In the current state of our polarized political environment, the government’s ability to act as the motivator for many issues >> Read More…

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