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Brutal Winter Has Fatal Consequences for Animals, Increases Dangerous Wildlife Encounters

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Approximately 46,300,000 U.S. households own dogs, but the vast majority of those dog owners keep their pooches inside during the frigid winter months. Wildlife in the American West hasn’t been so lucky this season. Wildlife accidents have been increasing in frequency across multiple western states. Idaho, in particular, has seen some serious loss of life. Approximately 500 pronghorn antelope attempted to cross the frozen Snake River earlier this month but crossed a slick spot where many members of the herd slipped and fell behind. Idaho Fish and Game staff managed to rescue six of the antelope, but 10 had already been killed by coyotes, and another 20 had to be euthanized due to the severity of their injuries. Another instance of antelope death occurred in a small Idaho city where the animals were forced into more urban areas as...

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Cargo Thefts Cost Businesses Approximately $114 Million in 2016

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Reported incidents of cargo theft decreased for the third consecutive year in 2016, but according to CargoNet data, the overall value of goods stolen increased 13.3% to $114 million. The United States saw approximately 1,614 incidents of shipping theft in 2016. These include instances of cargo theft, commercial vehicle theft, and supply chain fraud. There are an estimated 17 million shipping containers around the world, but only 6 million of them are in use. Each and every one of those 6 million containers is susceptible to theft while in transit. Many are concerned about the rising value of stolen goods. The total value of stolen cargo in 2016 is $114 million, which is much higher than the 2015 total of $100.5 million. Despite the negative outlook for businesses, Anthony Canale of CargoNet has a positive view of the future....

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Rising Mortgage Rates May Cause Homebuyers More than Just Headaches

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Approximately 59% of current homeowners wish they better understood the details of their mortgage, but new homebuyers may not even have that luxury if they don’t settle on a home in the immediate future. According to Bankrate.com, mortgage interest rates reached a new high at the end of 2016. As of December 21 2016, the national rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 4.17%, which marks one of the highest interest rates for 2016. According to sales figures from the Northern Arizona Multiple Listing Service, that interest could accumulate into more than most homeowners could handle. The 4.17% interest rate from December 2016 marks a 7% increase from the rate in November 2015. Lisa Paffrath, owner and broker of Grand View North Realty, reported that interest rates on mortgages have been on the rise since the election. The nature...

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According to AAA, Americans Nationwide Are Not Taking Care of Their Cars

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Featured News | 0 comments

AAA Roadside Assistance believes that Americans don’t take care of their cars as well as they should. All in all, neglecting vehicles costs the economy over $2 billion each and every year, but according to AAA, this can be easily prevented if drivers simply follow the manufacturer recommended precautions to keep their car in tip top shape. For perspective, there are 7,970,946 registered vehicles in Arizona, so the economic impact of paying more attention to vehicles could have a great effect on the Grand Canyon state. Consumers who regularly forget or ignore their recommended maintenance pay an average of $100 more per visit to the auto mechanic. AAA revealed its list of the 10 most frequently skipped maintenance items, followed by the percentage of drivers that do not complete it. The list includes: 1. Brake fluid –88% 2. Proper...

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Small Business Saturday Brings Many Benefits to Local Arizona Companies

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Featured News | 0 comments

In general, 75% of online shoppers never scroll past the first page of search results. While this can give big businesses an advantage, locally-owned, small businesses struggle everyday to foster client loyalty. To get clients in their doors during the holiday season, small business owners have banded together nationwide to create Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday comes once a year after the mega-shopping day Black Friday. The day’s objective is to promote locally owned businesses and to pull them from the shadows cast upon them from large companies. Shoppers in Tuscon are able to grab a piece of the small business pie this Saturday, November 26. News 4 Tuscon interviewed some local business owners on their thoughts about Black Friday, and Lissa Marinaro, owner of Zoe Boutique, has high hopes because she offers unique products incomparable to big box...

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