August 12, 2021

Prescott National Forest

Completed BAER Assessment Allows for Reduced Closure Area in Tiger Fire

The BAER  (Burned Area Emergency Response) Team has completed the post-fire assessment on the Tiger Fire which is now 100% contained and have concluded the area affected by the fire does pose unacceptable post fire risks to public safety.  High and moderate burn severity is associated with very steep slopes and escarpments which make these

The Zany Sage

The Tea Set

This is a bit of a departure from my usual clutter topics. But considering the stressful times so many of us find ourselves in, I wanted to remind you of the importance of being kind to one another-and to yourself, too. We never know the battles one is fighting. This is a piece I wrote

National

Politics by proxy: Arizona House members cast hundreds of remote votes

More than half of Arizona’s House delegation cast votes by proxy this year, including two who were among the top remote voters in Congress and another who once called proxy voting “shameful and unconstitutional” but did it anyway. They were in good company: 260 lawmakers had cast at least one vote by proxy this year

Opinion

Opinion: How Did We Become So Mean and What Are We to Do?

I received an email the other day from the bagel store that I have frequented for over two decades. Yes, even after carbs became out of vogue, I am still religious in my support and consumption. In this surprising email, the storeowner mandated that customers be nicer. Specifically, we should understand that as they are

History

US history shows spending on infrastructure doesn’t always end well

Constructing barge canals took a massive investment that didn’t pay off. New York State Archives Richard White, Stanford University Over the past two centuries, federal, state and municipal governments across the U.S. have launched wave after wave of infrastructure projects. They built canals to move freight in the 1830s and 1840s. Governments subsidized railroads in

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