21st ANNUAL SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: 9 DAYS, 160 FILMS, GREAT GUESTS AND A TRIBUTE TO ORSON WELLES, FEB. 21-MARCH 1
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Highlands Center Spring Break Camp for 7-11 Year Olds, March 9-13
While some members of Congress are proposing a national legalization of marijuana, Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk is mustering forces to oppose legalization of recreational usage in Arizona. US House members Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) introduced legislation on Friday, proposing that marijuana be legalized for recreational purposes uniformly across the country. They also propose that it be taxed like tobacco and alcohol, bringing an estimated $10 billion to the federal coffers. Tim Devaney, in his report for The Hill, "House bills would legalize recreational marijuana," said that The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, introduced by Polis, would remove pot from a list of federally banned drugs. Blumenauer's bill, the Marijuana Tax Revenue Act would establish a federal tax structure for recreational pot, although it would not include medical marijuana. Blumenauer proposes an initial rate of 10%, gradually raising it to 25%. Between the taxes, and the elimination of costs associated with incarcerating people for possession, he estimates $10 billion annually in revenue and savings. Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk has a different perspective. As a leader in the fight against the full legalization of marijuana in Arizona, Polk is adamant that marijuana is dangerous and should not be legalized for recreational use. As one of the founders of the nationally recognized MATForce organization, Polk speaks across the state about the issue. In 2010, Arizona voters approved legalizing marijuana for medical use only. It passed by less than 5,000 votes. Since then, MATForce says that the effect on Arizona youth has been dramatic. Now it is expected that another ballot initiative in 2016 will be voted on in an attempt to legalize marijuana for recreational use. In response, MATForce began a campaign called, 'Marijuana Harmless? Think Again." Focused on the dangers that marijuana presents to youth, the campaign makes the case that the substance is addictive and has a high potential for abuse. Indeed, according to the Think Again campaign data, "The 2012 Arizona Youth Survey showed that 12% of Arizona youth are illegally obtaining marijuana from cardholders." And, even though there is a popular belief that one cannot become addicted to marijuana, Think Again's website claims, "...treatment for marijuana dependence/addiction rose by 30% over the past decade." Polk and the rest of the MATForce team are proactively working to persuade the Arizona voters that legalizing marijuana for recreational use would be a big mistake. During a January, 2015 Republican Women of Prescott (RWOP) meeting, Polk brought a panel of speakers to discuss the topic, including: Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk Sally Schindel - a mother who tells about her son, Andy's, addiction to marijuana and his subsequent suicide Dr. Ed Gogek - a Psychiatrist who explains marijuana's affect on the brain (Read his NYTimes article, A Bad Trip for Democrats) Merilee Fowler - Executive Director of MATForce You can watch that panel discussion here:
Spelling the word, "precipice" properly, Tanner Dodt wins the 2015 Yavapai County Spelling Bee.
__________________________________ February 23- Average retail gasoline prices in Arizona have risen 9.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.23/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,269 gas outlets in Arizona. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.29/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. Including the change in gas prices in Arizona during the past week, prices yesterday were 104.1 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 34.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 26.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 111.5 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago. “The seasonal lift in gasoline prices remains well underway across the country, with the West Coast seeing the most excruciating rate of price increases," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy. “Not only is the national average up some 27 cents per gallon versus last month, but some areas- like California- are seeing extra hits at the pump as a refinery explosion and seasonal gasoline requirements leading to a home run- and not for the home team," DeHaan said.California easily won the "home run" contest, with gasoline prices rising over an average of 15c/gal in the last week alone. Following close behind was Nevada, up over 11c/gal, Delaware, up 11c/gal, as well as other West Coast states Oregon and Washington- up 10c/gal, while Arizona was in the running for a double digit increase as well. And those along the West Coast should be prepared for another rocky week, according to DeHaan, who said prices in California will rise at least another 15-25c/gal over the next two weeks while Oregon, Washington, and Arizona will see similar spikes. Meanwhile, nearby the West Coast, the Rocky Mountain region- home to the only two remaining states enjoying sub $2/gal averages- enjoyed the nation's lowest gasoline prices. Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming had the cheapest averages in the United States, with South Carolina taking the fifth spot. But if past history is any guide, motorists may see price increases slowing down- last year, the national average increased just 13c/gal between February 23 and March 23, a much smaller increase than what motorists have seen during the last month.About GasBuddy.comGasBuddy is the premiere source for real-time local gas prices. Founded in 2000, GasBuddy.com developed as an initiative to provide consumers access to local, current gas prices. Through the GasBuddy.com website and the free GasBuddy mobile app, users can find and share gas prices with fellow drivers, saving big money at the pump.