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Main Street Construction in Safford Puts Local Businesses on Edge

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

For years, entrepreneurs and customers alike have tolerated noisy, obstructive construction, understanding that such public projects will likely improve their business and shopping experiences in the future. But what about the toll this construction takes on businesses while work is ongoing? Several companies in Safford, AZ have noted that their city’s decision to redesign its Main Street is beginning to take a toll, making some wonder if the ends will justify the means. Most of Safford’s Main Street businesses say that their primary concerns are the road closures and limited parking: for example, John Fitzgerald of Carpet, Tile and More told the Eastern Arizona Courier News that the frequent road closures and loss of parking near the store had caused his business to decrease at least a third in recent weeks. Other store owners speculated that this could be due to the...

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Arizona Wants Recreational Marijuana Legalized, and Could Get It

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Arizona might have legalized medical marijuana years ago, but a recent poll found that people in the Grand Canyon State want more, which a new bill may give them. According to researchers from Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 45% of the Arizona adults polled said they would like to see the state “make all marijuana use legal for those 18 years-of-age and older,” and 42% said that they support full legalization of medical marijuana. Only 13% of those surveyed opposed making any form of marijuana legal for any reason. In 2010, Arizona legalized medical marijuana, which can be used to help scores of people who suffer from alcoholism, the number one drug problem in the United States. A study published in the Harm Reduction Journal found...

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Northern Arizona’s Massive Internet Outage Under Investigation

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

A six-hour Internet outage that left thousands across northern Arizona without access to the web, cellphones or land lines is now under investigation, with Phoenix police believing an act of vandalism to be the cause. According to the Guardian, businesses from north of Phoenix to Flagstaff were unable to make credit card transactions, ATMs couldn’t function, weather forecasts went off the air, 911 systems experienced issues, and students at Northern Arizona University were unable to finish their school assignments during the outage. All of this chaos took place — along with countless other disruptions to everyday life — because of vandals unearthing and severing a fiber-optic cable that had been buried underground. The brief blackout isn’t just an indicator of our modern-day dependence on the Internet and its servers, which provide vital services across networks both privately and publicly....

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MLB Star Aaron Boone Puts Scottsdale Home on the Market

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Former Major League Baseball player Aaron Boone has put his 5,850-square-foot Scottsdale home up for sale, with an asking price of just under $2.7 million. Built in 2006, the house has six bedrooms and six bathrooms, as well as ample living space. “It’s a huge house,” Boone’s listing agent, Natasha Greenhalgh, told Realtor.com. “The house has a lot of spaces, so you have a lot of flexibility to make those spaces however you want.” Design-wise, the home features wood-beamed ceilings, arched doorways and a neutral, desert-inspired palette. The house, located in the exclusive Silverleaf village, is nestled at the base of the McDowell Mountains on a nearly half-acre lot offering unobstructed mountain views. The gated community offers parks, a golf course, a pool and a spa. “It’s very much a family-type environment,” said Greenhalgh. More adult-friendly activities include regular...

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Renovated 1927 Bungalow in Phoenix Draws Attention to Smaller Homes

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

The United States home remodeling industry generates an estimated $47 billion in revenue. However, in recent years, the projects that have generated these profits have begun to focus more on smaller homes, rather than the large McMansions that were popular in the past. Few homes illustrate this shift as well as a renovated bungalow in Coronado, AZ’s Historic District, which was recently featured on a number of architectural websites for its mix of historical and modern features. Real estate agent and designed Joel Contreras says he started remodeling homes after being disappointed by many of the investor flips he saw in Phoenix’s housing market. Several years after this decision, he has a proven track record of renovating homes in Phoenix’s historical downtown neighborhoods. His style tends toward the modern-industrial, adding a fresh, edgy look to older homes. For his...

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Recent Study Finds Possible Connection Between Licensing and a Drop in Entrepreneurial Pursuits in Arizona

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

A recent study has found that Arizona is the hardest state to get occupational licensing in, which has led to a decrease in the number of low-income workers starting their businesses in the state. YourWestValley.com, an Arizona online news source, reports that the study was conducted by the Goldwater Institute. The Goldwater Institute is an Arizona-based organization, sought to study the effects of licensing practices on small businesses in the state. Overall, the Goldwater Institute found that the low-income entrepreneurship rate in Arizona is lower than the national average. Low-income entrepreneurs are defined as those who earn less that $36,657 annually. The low-income entrepreneurship rate is 38% nationally, while it is only 36% in Arizona. The issue is that occupational licensing is tough to acquire in Arizona. According to the report, the process can be pricey and time-consuming. Licenses can...

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