Friday, March 29, 2013

Five North American Bear Cubs born at Bearizona Wildlife Park



Five North American Bear Cubs born at Bearizona Wildlife Park
Spring is in the air and it’s the start of baby season at Bearizona Wildlife Park.  All different species of North American Wildlife start to have their young between March and July, making it the perfect time to visit.
WILLIAMS, Ariz. (March 4, 2013) – 
Bearizona Wildlife Park is excited to announce the arrival of five bear cubs, which were born to two different mothers the first week of January at the Williams, Arizona Wildlife Park.  The bear cubs will be viewable in a special care area in the gift shop until May, when they are big enough to go out into their own enclosure within the walk through area of the park.
Black Bears commonly have two to four cubs per litter, and can nurse up to six cubs.  Despite high birthrates, only four out of ten cubs will reach their first year of life.  The sixty percent of cub mortality is a result of starvation and depredation by male bears are other large carnivores.
Arizona has a stable wild population of black bear in the wild, however the elusive animals are rarely seen. Visitors to Bearizona Wildlife Park are able to get a close encounter with captive black bears, while learning about their habits and history. “The connections people make between our animal residents and the habitats in which they reside are key to understanding and conserving wildlife,” explains COO and Curator Vanessa Stoffel. She adds, “We have a unique opportunity to educate the public about what it means to live with and recreate among black bears, and these little ambassador cubs are where it all begins.”



About Us: Bearizona is a wildlife park which invites guests to experience a scenic three-mile drive in their own vehicle or coach witnessing North American animals in their natural environment. Next visitors leisurely stroll through the forest along winding walkways to get an up-close look at the antics of baby and smaller animals in Fort Bearizona.  Finally guests are encouraged to catch our complimentary Birds of Prey free flight show where they will come face to face with hawks, owls and other raptors.
Bearizona’s mission is to promote conservation through memorable and educational encounters with North American wildlife in a natural environment.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Featured Post: Emergency Disaster Services


On April 20th We are having an opportunity for the community to learn about Emergency Disaster Services and how they could be a part of helping out the community in the event of a disaster.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Goodwill Growth leads to $25 million impact!



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                     CONTACT:  David Hirsch
March 20, 2013                                                                                                                                (928) 526-9188
                                                                                                                                       David.hirsch@goodwillna.org                                                          
Expansion Raises Economic Impact of Goodwill of Northern Arizona to $25 Million
March 20, 2013
As Goodwill of Northern Arizona expands donation centers, stores, Job Connection centers and increases services to keep up with the growing needs of families and individuals, their overall economic impact to both local and regional economies continues to rise. Goodwill of Northern Arizona expanded Good Neighbor Centers, added team members, and increased the number of people it helped to find jobs throughout the community in 2012.That growth helped increase the economic impact of Goodwill of Northern Arizona from $22 million in 2011 to $25.2 million in 2012.

Goodwill of Northern Arizona contributed $25.2 million to the economies of northern Arizona in 2012, according to David Hirsch, president and CEO. That figure compares with $22 million in 2011. As Goodwill of Northern Arizona expands locations and increases services to keep up with the growing needs of families and individuals, their overall economic impact to the local economy continues to rise. The not-for-profit business uses stores and donation centers called Good Neighbor Centers to generate revenue to fund The Job Connection which provides job training, employment, and education assistance to those who are unemployed, under-employed, or who desire to advance in their careers through additional training or education and matches them with businesses in need of pre-screened, qualified candidates in order to meet local workforce demands.

Creating Jobs
To meet rising demands from the community, Goodwill of Northern Arizona increased the number of employees in their business from 118 in 2011 to 141 in 2012. Payroll increased from $1.9 million in 2011 to $2.4 million in 2012. The indirect and induced wages produced by the economic impact of those direct wages into the local economy brought total wages to $3.3 million for 2012.

Workforce Development
Goodwill of Northern Arizona, which recently opened Job Connections in Sedona and Cottonwood, helped 57% more unemployed individuals find jobs in 2012 than in 2011. They increased the number of northern Arizonans helped to find jobs from 307 in 2011 to 545 in 2012. The average wage increased from $8.15 in 2011 to 9.08 in 2012.  The total number of people served by Goodwill was 4,826 while the number of people assisted with job training and employment within The Job Connection grew from 1,238 in 2011 to 1,448 in 2012. Looking at those figures alone, Goodwill’s social impact to northern Arizona communities almost quadrupled in one year.

Expansion continues in Lake Havasu City with the planned November 2013 opening of a new 25,000-square-foot Good Neighbor Center including a donation center, store, and Job Connection.

“We continue to focus on significant growth and expansion. We’re growing at a fast pace to keep up with the demands of the communities in our service areas,” said Hirsch, who is now finalizing plans for the June 2013 opening of a new 32,000-square-foot donation drive-thru center, store, Job Connection, and team support center near the Flagstaff Mall.  Goodwill will re-locate its clearance outlet to its present store on West Route 66 in west Flagstaff.  

Goodwill of Northern Arizona serves the upper five counties of northern Arizona with services currently provided in Coconino, Yavapai and Mohave counties and plans future expansion in Navajo and Apache counties.

Recent expansions include:
January 2012- opened new donation drive-up center in Village of Oak Creek, Arizona
February 2012- opened a second donation drive-up center in Lake Havasu City, Arizona
August 2012 – remodeled store and opened The Job Connection in Cottonwood, Arizona
February 2013 – expanded store and opened The Job Connection in Sedona, Arizona



Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Featured Post: Prime Time Athletics - Flagstaff




NEWS RELEASE

BUFFALO WILD WINGS LOCATION TO HOST FUNDRAISER, REGISTRATION
FOR PRIME TIME ATHLETICS FLAGSTAFF

Flagstaff, ARIZONA --The Flagstaff Buffalo Wild Wings® has announced it will be hosting its signature fundraising event, Eat Wings Raise Funds, for Prime Time Athletics Flagstaff on Wednesday, March 13, Monday, March 18, and Wednesday, March 20, 2013.  The money raised will go toward scholarship funds for children who otherwise may not be able to afford registration fees. During these events, registration for Prime Time Athletics Flagstaff will also be available.

“Our goal is to help make our local community the best place to live, work, play and dine,” said owner Larry Tipton. “The work that Prime Time Athletics Flagstaff is doing to help instill hard work, determination and team work in the youth of the Flagstaff community is critical and we’re happy to support this organization any way we can.”

Prime Time Athletics is the fastest growing NFL-approved youth flag football league in the United States for boys and girls ages 5-17. Prime Time Athletics Flagstaff will play its games at Foxglen Park beginning on April 6, 2013. The league has a spring season, two summer seasons and a fall season. Registration is $135 for 8 games and end of season tournament, and includes an NFL-approved game jersey, flags, participation medal, and league t-shirt. Division winners and tournament champions will also receive trophies. The season tournament winners will qualify for the regional tournament held in Flagstaff June 1-2 with teams from Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.

To contribute to this cause, simply get a flyer from any Prime Time Athletics Flagstaff representative, and dine at the Flagstaff Buffalo Wild Wings location between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the above dates. Ten percent of all food sales during this time will be donated to the cause.

The Flagstaff Buffalo Wild Wings® is located on Woodlands Village Boulevard and is owned and operated by Lancaster, Ohio entrepreneur, Larry Tipton. Larry Tipton currently owns and operates Buffalo Wild Wings franchise locations in Lancaster, Athens, Heath, Canal Winchester, Mt. Vernon and Reynoldsburg, Ohio, as well as two locations in Arizona - Flagstaff and Prescott Valley.

Prime Time Athletics is the fastest growing NFL-approved youth flag football league in the United States. Prime Time Athletics Flagstaff offers eight regular-season games and an end-of-season tournament during various seasons year-round for boys and girls in the following age divisions; 5-6, 7-8, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-17. For more information, go to www.ptathleticsflagstaff.com or call 928-606-8900.