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According to the Department of Forestry and Fire Management, 978,519 acres burned throughout Arizona in 2020. 80% of those wildfires were human caused.
Avoid accidents and seasonal fires by following these tips for safe outdoor grilling:
• Avoid windy days, especially in drought conditions.
• Situate grill on flat, paved surfaces with clearance on all sides.
• Tend a lit flame constantly; take turns if needed.
• Clean the grill before each and every use.
• Never add liquid fire starter to a grill that’s been lit.
• Keep fire extinguishers nearby.
• Dispose of ash properly – not in the trash.
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Don’t let your red, white, and blue display this Fourth of July start a flap with the flag purists – there are definite dos and don’ts for letting Old Glory fly correctly.
The Federal Flag Code says you should:
• Hoist the Stars and Stripes briskly and lower it ceremoniously.
• Refrain from displaying a worn flag.
• Never put an American flag in the trash can.
• Dispose of worn flags properly, like at flag burning day many American Legions hold.
• Never let it touch the ground.
• Fold it however you want.
• Hold it to your right when marching.
• Never hang it upside down.
The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department regretfully announced that its three premiere fireworks events are canceled.
Fabulous Phoenix Fourth, Light Up the Sky at the American Family Fields and After Dark in the Park will no longer take place because of supply chain issues, according to Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Marty Whitfield.
“Unfortunately, much like many other municipalities, Phoenix has been affected by the ongoing supply chain issues. The City’s contractor was unable to secure fireworks for the events,” Whitfield said. “We apologize to our community for the inconvenience.”
Other fireworks celebrations throughout the valley will continue as planned.
– Margaret Willard, The 100 Companies
If you haven’t already set a resolution for 2022, you might want to consider walking more. The benefits are endless – for both your physical and mental health – and it could even prolong your life.
Walking at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week can reduce your risk of developing coronary heart disease by nearly 20 percent. The increased blood flow resulting from walking can also improve your mood, and the positive effect on your central nervous system helps combat anxiety.
A recent study showed that walking 7,000 steps daily decreases the likelihood of premature death by 50-70 percent.
The Constitution of the United States had established March 4 as its Inauguration Day in order to allow enough time after Election Day for officials to gather election returns and for elected candidates to travel to the Capitol.
That transition period is no longer necessary thanks to advancements in the voting system and of course, ease of transportation. The passage of the 20th Amendment officially moved the date to Jan. 20.
Around noon on that day, the president-elect will cite the 35-word oath of office and will be sworn in by the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
– The Arizona 100 reports
More than half of the state’s licensed and certified childcare providers have closed their doors during COVID-19. As part of the CARES Act, $88 million is now available to support the reopening of childcare programs, provide care for children of essential workers and help parents manage school absences.
The state also expanded small business relief by $10 million to help business owners meet rent and mortgage obligations. The grant program will provide grants for up to two months of rent or mortgage payments due by small businesses including gyms, fitness centers, bars, and water parks with fewer than 50 employees.
– The Arizona 100 reports
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at NAU received a five-year, $2.45 million cooperative agreement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Land and Emergency Management.
This funding allows ITEP to strengthen and expand its training, technical assistance and resources to Native American tribes and Alaskan Native villages, helping them address soil and hazardous waste, resource conservation, brownfields, Superfund, underground storage tanks and emergency response. The program supports a national Steering Committee of Tribal Professionals and the Tribal Superfund Working Groups, as well as the Tribal Lands and Environment Forum, a training event for tribal environmental professionals.
– Waste and Response Team, ITEP
We say it all the time: The health, safety and comfort of our guests is our top priority. At the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, we know we have one shot to get it right, which is why we have introduced our Stay Well program, outlining the enhanced protocols we are taking to ensure that our guests have a safe and relaxing stay with us.
The program focuses on guest communications, public spaces, guest rooms, dining, salon and spa, colleague training and safety, and meetings/events as it relates to COVID-19. We believe trust is earned. And we are prepared to earn it.
– Jack Miller, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
You can’t clip in at Flywheel or hit the mat at CorePower Yoga at the moment, but that doesn’t mean workout routines must halt. Try a virtual workout instead:
• CorePower Yoga: The nationwide yoga chain is offering complimentary online classes for all, while studios are closed. Access the classes, including the popular C1, C2, sculpt and hot power fusion classes, here.
• Barre3: The barre studio is offering a complimentary 15-day online trial.
• Peloton: You don’t need to have the pricey bike at home to access a no-cost, 90-day trial of the company’s app, which includes yoga, stretching and running classes.
– Savanna Garde, The 100 Companies