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Red Rock State Park in Sedona walks, talks

August lineup has moonlight hike, history talk

Red Rock State Park will host the monthly Moonlight Hike, and Gregory McNamee with the Arizona Humanities Council will speak about the "Life of Mike Burns, Indian Scout" in August 2014. The park also offers guided bird walks and nature walks as well as the opportunity to explore on your own.

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Fish Hatchery Protection Act bill advances

State wants feds to resume producing trout on Colorado

The full House Natural Resources Committee voted to move H.R. 5026, the Fish Hatchery Protection Act, to the House floor at a “markup” committee meeting held July 30. Consequently, the trout propagation program at the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery could be a step closer to being reinstated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), according to an Arizona Game and Fish press release on Thursday.

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Bar M Fire activity increases

Fire near Flagstaff flares, but more rain expected

With recent drier conditions, activity on Bar M Fire has increased. Yesterday crews conducted burnout operations to secure the northwestern perimeter, and plan to complete all necessary burnout operations in the next several days, securing the interior and southern portions of the fire. They expect the fire to grow approximately 1,200 acres by the weekend.

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Fire near Tonto Basin growing slowly

Lightning caused Browns Fire managed for resource benefit Fire grows to 275 acres

The lightning caused Browns Fire was reported July 26, at 2:15 p.m. It is burning on the north side of Browns Peak in the Four Peaks Wilderness Area, 10 miles south of Tonto Basin.

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Praying for light as the storm gathers

A photographer finds a strange truth in the quest for sunset amongst the ruins of Wupatki

The gathering storm matched my mood: I was sore afflicted — and full of trouble.

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Smoke fills sky, but fire not nearby

The Forest Service says smoke north of town is from forest fires on the Mogollon Rim in Coconino National Forest.

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Poor rich people and dark money

The Greasy Pole

Man, it’s getting weird out there.

NASA chooses ASU to for Mars 2020 mission cameras

Arizona State University has been selected by NASA to design, deliver and oversee the Mastcam-Z imaging investigation, a pair of color panoramic zoom cameras, on the next rover mission to be launched to the surface of Mars in 2020. Jim Bell, a professor in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, will be the principal investigator overseeing the investigation.

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Senior Center gets new name, new outlook

The Senior Center on Main Street will hold a grand re-opening celebration Aug. 1-3 to celebrate the remodeling of both the center and its thrift shop.

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Health insurance expansion tangled in court

State lawmakers seek to reverse coverage for 300,000

Lawsuits, contradictory court rulings and election politics continue to bedevil the Affordable Healthcare Act, even now that it’s up and running.

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Got to pay the piper

Owner of local ATV company pleads guilty to unauthorized use on national forest land

A local Sedona resident recently pled guilty to a criminal charge of conducting a commercial service on the Coconino National Forest without authorization and had to pay a fine and restitution.

Early ballots mail for the Primary Election Independent voters may request a partisan ballot

Independent voters may request a partisan ballot

Early voters, get your pens ready. Early ballots for the Primary Election begin mailing for voters affiliated with a recognized political party July 31, 2014. More than 1 million early ballots will mail statewide. Recognized political parties include Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or American’s Elect.

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Rescues abound

Falls, heat spur four missions

After a quiet month, search and rescue volunteers were back at it with four missions in the past week.

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Exchange enrollment drops

Policy change results in only one foreign student

From a high of 16 students to now just one, the foreign exchange student program in Rim Country has suffered a setback due to a policy change at the national level of the EF (Education First) Founda­tion.

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Should Congress control fish hatcheries?

Rep. Gosar bill would bar fish hatchery closures without an act of congress

The US House Natural Resources Committee yesterday approve a bill by U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar to put a halt to the closure of any more federally operated fish hatcheries without specific permission from Congress.