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New Prison Could Benefit Regional Economy

A renewed proposal to add a 1,000-bed private prison adjacent to the existing state prison facility in Winslow is getting community support at a time when residents of some other cities are coming out against similar proposals. While some people oppose building on the city’s prison economy, many more in the jobs-starved community say that […]

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GOP and Democrats at Odds Over Redistricting

Proposed Congressional Map is Fatally Flawed and a Partisan Giveaway to Democrats –Governor calls process Botched Governor Jan Brewer today blasted a new Arizona congressional map preliminarily adopted this week by the Independent Redistricting Commission.   “The IRC proposal is simply gerrymandering at its worst,” said Governor Brewer. “This unaccountable, unelected Commission has misused its […]

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Wells Fargo Saluting AZ Teacher of the Year

Wells Fargo is honoring Arizona’s Teacher of the Year on its ATMs across the state.  From now until January 3, 2012 most of Wells Fargo’s 548 ATMs in Arizona will feature a screen congratulating 2011 Teacher of the Year Amanda McAdams.  Wells Fargo’s ATM users also can learn more about McAdams teaching achievements by simply […]

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EPA to Clean Up Abandoned Uranium Mine on Reservation

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it has approved a plan and committed to clean up the Northeast Church Rock Mine, the largest and highest priority uranium mine on the Navajo Nation. The cleanup will include removal of approximately 1.4 million tons of radium and uranium contaminated soil and will employ the most stringent […]

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Bank of America Hiring Small Business Bankers in AZ

Bank of America is announcing the hiring of 29 small business bankers across the state of Arizona to provide guidance and counsel to local small business owners. One of the bankers is Janet Monette, who will work out of the downtown Flagstaff branch at 125 E. Birch Avenue. The additional bankers are part of the […]

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Phoenix Forbes Ranking Good for Northern Arizona

Phoenix is likely to become one of this country’s next boomtowns, according to Forbes Magazine and Joel Kotkin’s article, “What Cities Are Best Positioned to Grow and Prosper in the Coming Decade?” Out of 52 of the largest metro areas in the United States that were evaluated and assessed, Phoenix ranked ninth. Being included on […]

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Several Factors Contributing to Mixed Tourism Figures

Tourism seems to be picking up across the country and in the state of Arizona, following a 2009 crash related to the economy. But some aspects of Flagstaff’s tourism appear a bit slower to catch up. Nationally, according to the Arizona Office of Tourism, hotels are doing a little better than they did last year. […]

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What Can You Do? What Can You Be?

In the 1990s in grad school, a friend of mine was working on a project to develop a non-monetary based measure for a nation’s well being. Many had long questioned GDP as an adequate measure of economic progress or quality of life. I lost touch with my friend, but retained my interest in hers and […]

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Rural Arizona Seeking Autonomy in Redistricting

The political landscape of Northern Arizona could change drastically as soon as November of this year, when the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) announces its final plans for the redrawing of both Arizona’s legislative districts and U.S. Congressional district boundaries. And to meet the requirements of the Arizona constitution, the city of Flagstaff may have […]

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