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Travel Restrictions on Coconino Forest Beginning Soon

On May 1, the Coconino National Forest will implement the Travel Management Rule, which is mandated across all national forests and prohibits motor vehicle use off designated routes and roads.  The purpose of the Rule is to provide for appropriate motorized access and motorized recreation opportunities while protecting important forest resources and non-motorized recreation opportunities. […]

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Region Embracing Renewables

In many ways, Northern Arizona – and Coconino County in particular – is poised to harvest great benefits from renewable energy potential that outpaces the potential in much of the rest of the country. But the first wave of utility-scale projects has met with some resistance – and it has sent local land use planners […]

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Restrictions Affecting Forest Off-Roading

Plans to close more than 3,000 miles of Coconino National forestland to motorized vehicles is raising the ire of many groups. The closure means nearly half of the rural forest roads currently open will close in February. Groups on both sides of this issue have been meeting for six years to come up with a […]

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Lowell Observatory’s Discovery Partnership

Lowell Observatory announces that Boston University (BU) has signed a long-term agreement to become a partner for the Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT). The agreement in perpetuity grants BU astronomers use of the world-class, four-meter telescope for 40 or more nights each year. “Lowell Observatory has a strong relationship with BU that we expect will get […]

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Volunteers Sought on National Public Lands Day

In celebration of National Public Lands Day and to encourage a shared sense of land stewardship, the Forest Service announces another “fee free day” Saturday, September 24, along with several volunteer events.  Day use fees will be waived at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the Forest Service including the Red Rock Pass. This […]

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Utilizing Health Management Concepts

Aug. 8   System Health Management; it’s not about managed health care; rather it encompasses the features of a system that ensure its ability to function as intended. All types of systems can benefit by incorporating health management concepts. In this lunch seminar you’ll get a taste of the what, why, and how of System […]

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Additional Fire Restrictions for Flagstaff and Coconino

Coconino National Forest officials are implementing additional fire restrictions.  Under these restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal or wood stoves continue to be prohibited on the forest, including in developed campgrounds. The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings. Fireworks are always prohibited on National Forest System lands. Additional restrictions prohibit: chainsaw use from 11 […]

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Arizona’s New Smokin’ Deals

Editor’s Note: The Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble is refusing to accept applications for dispensaries.  He is concerned that Arizona will be subject to lawsuits and he is waiting for a federal court ruling on the issue.  In the meantime, Arizona is issuing identification cards to patients who have a doctor’s recommendation […]

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Moving Toward Semi-Public University

Northern Arizona University is reinventing itself as a semi-public institution amid record enrollment increases and diminishing state support, President John Haeger said during a public forum  at the High Country Conference Center. More than 200 people attended the event to hear the president address how the university will mitigate the $30 million cut  for FY2012, […]

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