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4FRI revived: Wildfire-prevention program back on track after months of delay

By: - December 13, 2021

WASHINGTON – The popular 4FRI forest maintenance program is back on track with a more focused, “more realistic approach” that appears to have government, industry and environmental officials in rare agreement. The U.S. Department of Agriculture had abruptly halted negotiations on an extension of the Four Forests Restoration Initiative in September, a move that caught […]

Arizona jobless rate continues steady decline, workforce keeps growing

By: - November 26, 2021

WASHINGTON – Arizona’s unemployment rate continued its steady decline in October, falling to 5.2%, down a full percentage point from just two months earlier and almost one-third of the state’s pandemic high, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data. It was the fourth straight month of a falling jobless rate for the state, […]

Health experts: Holiday gatherings ‘should be fine’ – with precautions

By: - November 25, 2021

WASHINGTON – Health officials said this week that it should be OK for families to gather over the holidays, as long as people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and take other precautions against the spread of the disease. The tentative greenlight to gatherings comes despite a recent surge in new cases both nationally and in […]

Katie Hobbs pushes for federal voting legislation to protect workers, voters

By: - October 27, 2021

WASHINGTON – It’s been almost a year since the 2020 elections, but Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs told a Senate panel Tuesday that it’s not over for her staff, who have been subject to “near constant harassment” from election deniers. Hobbs was one of several election officials who shared stories of harassment, death threats […]

Yuma mayor says surging illegal migration is stressing local services

By: - October 22, 2021

WASHINGTON – Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls told a Washington forum this week that the rise in undocumented immigration is stressing health care and the nonprofits that help migrants in his town, and he’s worried the situation will only get worse. “Right now, our Border Patrol agents and our nonprofits are doing an amazing amount of […]