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Old Adobe Mission added to National Register of Historic Places

Old Adobe Mission

Officially named Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Church, this Scottsdale property is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the federal government’s list of historic properties and archaeological resources considered worthy of preservation.

Old Adobe Mission executive board members prepared the nomination, which was considered by the Arizona Historic Sites Review Committee and the State Historic Preservation Office before it was submitted for consideration by the National Park Service. With the addition of the Old Adobe Mission, there are now nine properties in the city that are listed in the National Register.

Learn more: Scottsdale’s Historic Register.

City of Scottsdale reports

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Florence is Arizona’s safest city

Florence safest city

According to a report by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, Florence is the safest town in Arizona, overall.

With a population of over 31,000, Florence boasts the lowest violent crime rate per 1,000 residents compared to other communities across Arizona. It also has an impressively low property crime rate.

The much larger town of Gilbert ranked No. 2 during 2018 with a .078 per 1,000 violent crime rate. Somerton, San Luis and Oro Valley round out the top five. They are followed by Sahuarita, Maricopa, Buckeye, Paradise Valley and Surprise as Arizona’s safest cities.

– Lauren Johnson, National Council for Home Safety and Security

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‘Across the Aisle:’ Where partisanship began

America wasn’t always this vitriolic. It need not be now. To prove it, we convened two former US Senators – one Democrat and one Republican – to kick off our eight-part video series.

“The House is designed by its nature to be partisan,” Saxby Chambliss said. “If you are in the minority party you basically have no say so … I truly did expect something different when I got to the Senate.”

“Historians have already written that the touchstone where it really began was Newt Gingrich and his Contract for America,” Wyche Fowler said. The two will offer solutions in upcoming episodes.

– Chris Schroder, The 100 Companies

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Pat Tillman American Legion Post gets new home

Pat Tillman

There are nearly 125 American Legion posts across Arizona, but none with a more well-known name than American Legion Pat Tillman Post 117.

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, the Legion has evolved from a few World War I veterans into the largest wartime veterans’ organization with nearly 15,000 local posts throughout the United States and over 3 million members who care about America, veterans, their families and American youth.

Legionnaires participate in many community activities, including parades, memorials and dedications.

– Scott Hanson, HMA Public Relations

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Warriors’ words

Barry Goldwater

“We shall return to proven ways – not because they are old, but because they are true.” — Barry Goldwater

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessential.” — Bruce Lee

Leaders both in and out of the workplace are responsible for knowing when to cling to the ways and when to innovate. Paying attention to what works and what does not is the easiest test for this.

How many times have we seen leaders make change just for change’s sake? That practice is disruptive and usually frustrating. Start changes by hacking away what isn’t working.

– Sgt. Mike Wesley, USMC (Retired)

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NATAS names Silver Circle inductees

comedian John Henson

The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television and Sciences (NATAS) will name four media veterans to its Silver Circle Society during the 41st annual Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards on Sept. 22 at Château Luxe in Phoenix. The honorees are: Tom Fergus of FOX 10, Bruce Cooper of 12 News, Mike Watkiss of CBS 5 and Joe Hengemuehler, formerly of ABC15 and Tucson News Now.

To be eligible for the Silver Circle, individuals must have served in the broadcast industry for a minimum of 25 years, with the majority of that time spent in the Southwest.

– Lara Gates, NATAS

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Can you still get your kicks on Route 66?

“America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places” is an annual list that spotlights examples of our nation’s architectural and cultural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. Almost 300 places have been on the list, with fewer than five percent actually lost.

On the list this year is Route 66. Known as America’s “Mother Road,” Route 66 is a symbol of our romance with the open road. Congress has taken steps to designate Route 66 a permanent National Historic Trail but legislation must be passed by the Senate and signed by the president before the end of 2018.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

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A legacy of volunteers

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On July 5, 1973, a propane tanker explosion in Yuma killed 11 volunteer and full-time firefighters. Richard Lee Williams, a school principal and volunteer firefighter, was among those who lost their lives that day in what is known as the Doxol Disaster.

In 2012, the Kingman Unified School District opened Lee Williams High School in his memory. The school’s mascot is the Volunteers. On top of that, the school no longer issues the uniform number 11 for any of its sports teams. Adding to the legacy is the school’s motto: “We can, we wi11.”

– Scott Hanson, HMA Public Relations

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Attorney Stephanie Quincy helps Rent-A-Center prevail in transgender bias case

Quarles & Brady represented Rent-A-Center in a transgender discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Stephanie Quincy, chair of Quarles & Brady’s Labor & Employment Phoenix Practice Group, was lead counsel.

Rent-A-Center was alleged to have terminated an employee based on her transgender status. The company argued the employee used a delivery vehicle for personal use. On May 18, with Judge Eric I. Long presiding, a jury in the Central District of Illinois returned a complete defense verdict in favor of Rent-A-Center.

This was the EEOC’s first transgender discrimination case taken to trial.

– Nicole Stanton, Quarles & Brady LLP

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An American hero

Retired United States Marine Corps Col. Jay R. Vargas is a true American hero. He was awarded a Medal of Honor and nine other medals, including the Silver Star and the Purple Heart, for his bravery in Vietnam.

He is one of four brothers who served in the United States Armed Forces in wartime.

Prior to his nearly 30 years of service, Vargas was a standout athlete at Northern Arizona University and at Winslow High School. He is a member of the NAU Sports Hall of Fame and the Winslow Bulldogs play their home baseball games on Jay Vargas Field.

– Scott Hanson, HMA Public Relations