Rural communities face their own particular challenges, among them a difficulty in keeping businesses open.
One reason it’s diffiuclt to stay open — or even get started — is sub-par access to loans. According to Mary A. Chicoine, former chairwoman and board member of the Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization and current administrator and Revolving Loan Fund director, many banks are shy about lending to small businesses due to the perceived risks.
Former Cottonwood City Council member Randy Garrison is running as one of two Republican candidates for Yavapai County Supervisor District 3. Recently, he answered three questions pertaining to his family’s history of public service and his current bid with the county.
“We all know the issues we face,” Garrison stated in introduction. “They include water, transportation, growth and an aging demographic, overloaded infrastructure, high levels of poverty and threatened natural resources. We face them with the challenges of limited resources, a slowly rebounding economy, rising costs and a state legislature that diverts relied upon funding while steadily removing local control.
“Add to all of that the necessity of working with four other county supervisors in a cooperative and effective manner.”
By the morning of Friday, June 24, the Cedar Wildfire, located southwest of Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside, east of Highway 60 on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, was 42 percent contained.
Among the nearly 1,000 personnel attending to the fire, two members of the Verde Valley Fire District were hard at work, making sure the 15,000-gallon capacity helicopter had enough water to continue dousing the approximately 46,000-acre blaze.
Few people are fans of road construction but even fewer are fans when deteriorating roads damage their cars or result in even longer delays.
Banicki Construction is conducting preventative road maintenance on State Route 89A between Forest Road and just north of Art Barn Lane in Uptown. The work continues through the end of this week.
Work has been primarily occurring during nighttime hours from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. when traffic is minimal. The project will seal coat approximately 2,100 feet of existing roadway along with parking areas and loading zones adjacent to to the highway. Additionally, all parking bumpers along State Route 89A will be replaced with new decorative, recycled rubber car stops.
Sedona may not offer a fireworks display — or allow ones for personal use — but for those looking to do something during the day on July 4, Sedona Parks and Recreation may have what you’re looking for.
This year it will be offering two separate events — the laser show at the Sedona Performing Arts Center for the second year and Wet Fest, a first-year event.
Interstate 17 closed at Cordes Junction for the Bug Creek Fire, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Southbound I-17 was partially reopened at 1:52 p.m., but closed again at 2:59 p.m. Northbound I-17 was partially reopened at 3:18 p.m., but closed again at 3:29 p.m.
The scenario is familiar to anyone who does the grocery shopping: You walk into the store, looking for fresh produce. Noting that your avocados are rock hard, your bananas green, you wonder where on Earth the fruit is from.
Peru, perhaps, or Brazil. China, maybe?
It seems often that only a small proportion of the produce we consume comes from within our national borders — much less from within the state.