Tree Removal Begins in Timber Sale Area on Kaibab National Forest

WILLIAMS – Tree removal has begun in a timber sale area on the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest located just north of Parks, Ariz., and will continue through at least the end of November.

The Wright Hill timber sale area, which is about 2,300 acres in size, is bounded to the south by the El Paso Gas Pipeline, to the west by Forest Road (FR) 76, to the north by FR 785B, and to the east by Spring Valley Road.

Objectives of the timber sale include reducing tree densities in the wildland/urban interface, which is the area where forest and communities meet, in order to lower wildfire risk; improving wildlife habitat and diversity; reducing infection levels of dwarf mistletoe, which is a parasitic plant that can severely damage tree health and vigor; improving understory conditions; restoring historic grasslands and savannahs; and, enhancing overall forest health.

High Desert Investments is the contractor performing the tree removal and hauling work. Residents and visitors can expect to see heavy equipment and workers in the timber sale area and along haul routes. Specifically, material will be driven on FR 58 and FR 785B east to Spring Valley Road and then south to old Route 66 and Interstate 40. Safety signs have been posted in the area to inform members of the public about the operations. Up to 10 truckloads of material may be hauled daily between Monday and Friday. No operations are expected on weekends. Workers may also be traveling to and from West Triangle Pit occasionally to haul cinders.

Members of the public are urged to use extreme caution near timber removal and hauling operations. Besides the presence of heavy equipment and log trucks, there will also be trees being felled and stacked into log decks, which can be unstable. Visitors to the area should not cut firewood from the log decks nor climb on them at any time due to the possibility of collapse.

The Wright Hill timber sale is part of the larger Spring Valley Urban/Wildland Interface Fuels Reduction Project intended to improve forest health and reduce wildfire potential in the greater Parks area.

Beulah Boulevard/SR 89A to be closed for both directions just north of Fort Tuthill County Park to Purple Sage Trail

adot-logo3FLAGSTAFF - Access through Beulah Boulevard/SR 89A just north of the Fort Tuthill County Park will require a temporary full roadway closure beginning at the north park entrance and continuing to Purple Sage Trail, beginning Monday, Oct 27 at 6 a.m. including nights and weekends, until Wednesday, Nov 5 at 6 p.m.

The full roadway closure will accommodate constructing a new roadway transition from the existing Beulah Boulevard /SR 89A alignment to the new roadway intersection being built at JW Powell Boulevard. This work is part of the intersection improvement project currently underway which includes a new roundabout and realignment of SR 89A/Beulah Boulevard.

During construction traffic may still enter and exit the fairgrounds at Fort Tuthill County Road, and also at Purple Sage Trail. For commuters who frequent Beulah Boulevard /SR 89A for travel, northbound traffic may exit onto I-17 from JW Powell Boulevard and take Exit 339 (Lake Mary Road). For southbound travel, traffic may exit at McConnell Drive to Milton/I-17, and take Exit 337 at JW Powell Boulevard.

Roger Corman’s Little Shop of Horrors

It isn’t Halloween without a Roger Corman classic. And this one is about as classic as it gets. The Little Shop of Horrors was remade into a horrible musical in the 80s, but this is the original version. This film stars Jonathan Haze who worked in only a couple of dozen other films. There are a couple of other faces, however, you may recognize.

You will, of course, recognize three-time Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson as the masochistic Wilbur Force. He went on to star in The Raven, another Corman campy classic staring Vincent Price and Boris Karloff. He was the Joker in the Batman movie by Tim Burton. And, of course, the President in Mars Attacks.

Another face you might recognize is the flower munching Burson Fouch, but you may not know his name. That is Dick Miller who also played third man at lunch counter (You’ll have to research that one). Miller has been acting since 1955 and has had bit parts and co-stared in movies and on television right up to the 2014 horror comedy Burying the Ex.

Arctic Cat Recalls Single-Rider and 2UP ATVs Due To Crash Hazard

640-ArcticCat2008Arctic Cat Inc., of Thief River Falls, Minn. is recalling about 40,000 model year 2008 and 2009 Arctic Cat single-rider and 2 UP style ATVs. The ATVs were sold at Arctic Cat dealers nationwide from May 2007 to October 2014 for between $5,500 and $12,000. Components in the front gear case can fail, posing a risk of loss of control and crash hazard.

Single-rider ATVs have one seat and one set of footrests for the operator. 2 UP ATVs have an elongated seat designed to hold one passenger behind the operator, a set of hand-holds mounted to the rear frame for the passenger and two sets of footrests. The recalled ATVs came in a variety of colors and have the name Arctic Cat on each side of the fuel tank and on the front above the grill opening.

All model year 2008 Arctic Cat ATVs with 400 cubic centimeter (cc) and larger engines are being recalled.

Model year 2009 Arctic Cat ATVs with 400 cubic centimeter (cc) and larger engines and with production numbers within the following ranges are being recalled: 200001 through 203861, 808001 through 808137, and X25082 through X30243.

The engine size is printed on the back of the instrument cluster between the handle bars.

The vehicle identification number (VIN) in the format 4UF09******XXXXXX is on the frame tube near the driver’s side rear wheel and contains the model year and production number of the vehicle.

The model year is the fourth and fifth characters of the VIN in the YY format. The production number is the last six characters of the VIN.

Arctic Cat has received 44 reports of components in the front gear case failing, including 10 reports of the vehicle stopping abruptly or the operator losing of control of the ATV. Arctic Cat has received four reports of injury, including one incident involving a consumer sustaining broken ribs and injuries to a knee and a back.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ATVs and contact an Arctic Cat dealer to schedule a free repair.

Consumers can contact Arctic Cat at (800) 279-6851 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.arcticcat.com and click on Customer Care, then Product Recall and then List of Safety Bulletins for more information.

Briggs & Stratton Recalls Snapper Rear Engine Riding Mowers Due to Injury Hazard

640px-SnapperBriggs & Stratton Power Products Group, LLC, of Milwaukee, Wis. is recalling about 8500 Briggs & Stratton Snapper Rear Engine Riding Mowers. The weld on drive axle can fail resulting in loss of brake control, posing an injury hazard.

This recall involves six models of Briggs & Stratton Snapper Rear Engine Riding Mowers. The mowers are red with a black fuel tank, steering wheel and seat. The name Snapper is printed on both sides of the mower. The model and serial numbers are on a label on the engine platform under the right side of the seat. The following models and serial number ranges are included.

Model Number Serial Number Range
7800918 2016447188 – 2016485206
7800920 2016443919 – 2016568930
7800932 2016462619 – 2016481454
7800950 2016611952 – 2016766052
7800951 2016624456 – 2016765000
7800954 2016603229 – 2016775752

The affected units were sold at Family Farm stores, Power Equipment Direct and Briggs & Stratton Snapper dealers nationwide from April 2013 through May 2014 for between $1,300 and $2,000. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled mowers and contact an authorized Snapper service dealer for a free repair.

For more information contact Briggs & Stratton Corporation at (800) 935-2967 from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.Briggsandstratton.com and click on “Recall Alert Notice” for more information.

American Honda Recalls Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard

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American Honda Motor Company, of Torrance, Calif. is recalling about 15,400 2014 Honda Pioneer 700 recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV). All Pioneer 700 models are affected by this recall. The units were sold at authorized Honda powersports dealers nationwide from August 2013 through September 2014.

ROVs are motorized off-road vehicles with a steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, bucket or bench seats, seat belts and an occupant protection structure.

The recall is issued because vegetation and debris can accumulate on the middle skid plate and make contact with the vehicle’s exhaust system. Dried debris can ignite, resulting in smoke or fire. Honda has received reports of 10 incidents involving fires resulting from vegetation and debris accumulating on the middle skid plate and making contact with the vehicle’s exhaust system. No injuries were reported.

The recalled vehicles came in two-seat and four-seat models and were black with camouflage, olive or red hood and trim pieces. “HONDA” is on the front grill and rear tail gate. “Pioneer 700” appears on a tab on the sides of the vehicle just behind the driver’s and front passenger’s seats. The model and serial numbers are on a certification label affixed to the top rear of the driver’s side front wheel well.
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The following model numbers and serial number ranges are being recalled:

Model Number Serial Number Range (All begin with 1HF) Number of Seats
SXS 700M2 2AC VE0225E4000006 to VE022XE4006304 2
SXS 700M2 4AC VE0284E4000003 to VE0284E4001202 2
SXS 700M4 AC VE0204E4000013 to VE020XE4006849 4
SXS 700M4 3AC VE0268E4000004 to VE0269E4001503 4

Owners should immediately stop using the recalled vehicle and take it to an authorized Honda dealer to have the original middle skid plate removed and an updated middle skid plate installed free of charge.

American Honda toll-free at (888) 888-3139 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.powersports.honda.com and click on Product Recall Information at the bottom of the page for more information.

PUBLIC NOTICE – City of Willcox Willcox Wastewater Treatment Plant

PROPOSED ARIZONA POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (AZPDES) RENEWAL PERMIT

Pursuant to the Clean Water Act and in accordance with Arizona Administrative Code (A.A.C.) R18-9-A907, the Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) proposes to issue an Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (AZPDES) Permit to discharge pollutants to Waters of the United States to the following applicant, subject to certain effluent limitations and special conditions:

Public Notice No.15-23

AZPDES Permit No. AZ0025771

City of Willcox

101 South Railroad Avenue, Suite B

Willcox, Arizona 85643

The City of Willcox applied for a renewal AZPDES permit for the discharge of up to 0.6 million gallons per day (mgd) of treated domestic wastewater from the City of Willcox Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to Lake Cochise in the San Pedro-Willcox Playa-Rio Yaqui River Basin in Township 14S, Range 25E, Section 7, in Cochise County, Arizona. The City of Willcox WWTP is a publicly owned treatment works that receives domestic wastewater from residential and commercial sources in Willcox. Sludge is accumulated at the bottom of the lagoons and will be removed when necessary by dredging and thickening, and disposed off site in accordance with state and federal regulations.

The permit and fact sheet may be viewed online at http://www.azdeq.gov/cgi-bin/vertical.pl by typing the permit number in the box left of “Search Event”. The public notice and related documentation also are available for public review, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the ADEQ Records Center, 1110 W. Washington St., Phoenix, Arizona, 85007. Please call (602) 771-4380 or e-mail recordscenter@azdeq.gov 24 hours in advance to schedule an appointment to review the file.

Persons may submit comments or request a public hearing on the proposed action in writing, to Chiou Chen, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Water Quality Division, 1110 W. Washington St., 5415B-3, Phoenix, Arizona 85007. All written comments received by ADEQ by the close of business on the date 30 days after publication of this notice will be considered in the final permit decision. A public hearing request must be in writing and must include the reasons for such request. If there is a significant degree of public interest, the Director will hold a hearing in accordance with A.A.C. R18-9-908(B).

Bailey Farms Inc. Recalls Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers Because Of Possible Health Risk

logo-bailey-farms-editBailey Farms, Inc. of Oxford, NC is voluntarily recalling 6,215 pounds of Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditic and arthritis.

The Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers was distributed to Meijer, Inc. and customers may have purchased this product from October 14th to October 19th at Meijer stores in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

In addition this product was distributed to Publix Super Markets Inc., Merchants Distributors, Inc., Walmart, Food Lion, Flavor 1st Growers and Packers, US Foods, Military Produce Group, LLC.,C&S Wholesalers, John Vena, Inc. and Harris Teeter. Consumers who suspect they may have purchased Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers from the above listed companies between the dates of October 2, 2014 to October 21, 2014 should check with the above listed companies to verify if the product was subject to recall.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

A random sample was taken by the Michigan Department of Agriculture on October 13, 2014 from a warehouse in Lansing, Michigan. Bailey Farms, Inc. received notice that the sample tested positive for Salmonella on October 20, 2014. This recall is the result of the possibility that the remainder of these lots could be contaminated with this bacteria. We are working with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to investigate the root cause of the potential contamination.

Bailey Farms, Inc. has notified all of their customers who have purchased Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers during said dates.

Consumers with questions can contact Bailey Farms, Inc. M-F 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST 1-888-820-2545.

ADEQ Awards Oak Creek Watershed Council $120,040 Grant to Reduce Pollution in Oak Creek

ADEQ logo resizedPHOENIX – Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials announced today that a $120,040 grant has been awarded to the Oak Creek Watershed Council to assist in controlling polluted runoff into Oak Creek from primarily the Settler’s Rest neighborhood in West Sedona.

The neighborhood is located near the top of Carrol Canyon, a popular spot near the Sedona Airport for hiking, people walking their dogs and horseback riding. The Carrol Canyon drainage typically moves runoff with elevated levels of nutrients, sediment and E. coli bacteria and shortly thereafter empties the stormwater into Oak Creek.

The grant is one of eight in Arizona this year administered by ADEQ’s Water Quality Improvement Grant program (WQIG) to address polluted runoff from many different sources. Oak Creek, from its headwaters to its confluence with Spring Creek in Oak Creek Canyon, is listed as impaired for E. coli.

The funding will be used to develop best management practices in the Settler’s Rest area like a series of retention basins and armored spillways and planting of native plants for soil retention and bioremediation. Outreach efforts will be made to encourage other residents and homeowner associations throughout Sedona to adopt similar practices. Erosion control work also will be performed and maintenance of dog waste stations to the extent that funding allows.

“This grant money will help restore water quality in one of the most beautiful and heavily visited tourist areas in the state,” ADEQ Director Henry Darwin said.

Recall of Assured™ Brand Naproxen Sodium Tablets due to Packaging Mix-Up

14974962224_4113b8a58b_mGREENSBORO, N.C. - Contract Packaging Resources, a drug repackaging company, is voluntarily recalling 11,640 boxes of Assured™ brand Naproxen Sodium tablets because some cartons actually contain bottles of Ibuprofen, a different pain reliever. The Ibuprofen bottles were placed in the Naproxen Sodium boxes due to a packaging error. The affected products are: boxes of Assured™ brand Naproxen Sodium Tablets 220mg, 15 count (Lot #FH4102A) [SKU #122368/UPC #639277223685] containing bottles of Ibuprofen softgels in 200mg strength.

Consumers who intentionally avoid using Ibuprofen due to allergy, or other medical conditions, should be advised that they may have inadvertently purchased Ibuprofen 200mg softgels, believing it was Naproxen Sodium 220mg tablets. Allergic reactions can range from mild irritation or hives to serious reactions such as anaphylaxes that may be life-threatening. The firm has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

The recalled Assured brand drug products were distributed nationwide to Dollar Tree® and sold via the Dollar Tree® retail stores and internet site. Contract Packaging Resources is notifying its distributors and customers directly and arranging for replacement of all recalled products. Consumers may return the recalled products to the place of purchase or contact the firm by phone at 336-252-3422, on Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (Eastern).

Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product. Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.