Preregister for Candidates Forum tonight 7/7/2020

Dear Neighbors
Tonight (Tuesday) The League of Women Voters is hosting a virtual forum for Board of Supervisor candidates from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. They will be answering your questions.  Our District 2 candidates who will be participating are Jodi Rooney, Wiley Cline & James Gregory.  
NOTE: District 2 candidate Brandi Bateman had dropped out of the forum.  This afternoon she has dropped back in.  So there will be four District 2 candidates speaking. 
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4th of July – Simple Car Parade

Dear Neighbors
From Beaver Creek Kiwanis President Carol Keeton, “I am very sorry that we had to cancel our 4th of July events which included the parade, duck race in Sycamore Park, pancake breakfast, flag ceremony and celebration in Rollins Park. We really wanted to make this event happen because I feel we really need some uplifting things to happen.  Unfortunately there were issues that prevented us from proceeding.  I hope you all understand and we will plan for a GLORIOUS 4TH OF JULY NEXT YEAR.  Please everyone, pray for our country and remember on the 4th all the things that this day means to our country and how great our country is.”
As an alternative, some of the folks in our community have decided to have a simple parade at 9:00 AM –  starting at the garage in Mcguireville, saluting the flag in Sycamore Park and circling the Village Square (Rollins Park) with another opportunity to salute our flag.  Just everyone on their own, but driving in convoy.  For further info, contact Joe
Warren @ 928-533-2978 or 928-592-0630.
Last year was one of our best parades and celebrations.  Here are just a couple of 2019 photos to bring back memories.
Wishing all a beautiful and surprisingly cool (below 100) Independence Day,
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Red Flag Warning 6/29/2020

Dear Neighbors
We are under Red Flag Warning until 8 PM this evening.  Please be especially cautious and careful not to start a fire.
In addition to the National Weather Service warning, area resident Michael Schmitz has shared some words of experience with fire evacuations.  Also there is some good information about preparation on the emergency cards that you either already have or can get in the Rimrock Post Office.  Both sides of the cards are also printed in the Beaver Creek Business Directory which BCCA mailed to every resident last year.
And don’t forget to carry water in your vehicles.  There can be long waits on our highways.
Prepared for the worst, but still enjoying the day,
. . . . . the calendar crew  
Red Flag Warning
National Weather Service Flagstaff AZ
309 AM MST Mon Jun 29 2020
* AFFECTED AREA…Locations near Alpine, Buffalo Pass, Camp
Verde, Chinle, Chino Valley, Congress, Cottonwood, Dilkon,
Doney Park, Eagar-Springerville, Flagstaff, Forest Lakes,
Fredonia, Ganado, Grand Canyon, Heber-Overgaard, Holbrook,
Jacob Lake, Kayenta, Kykotsmovi, North Rim, Page, Paulden,
Payson, Pine- Strawberry, Pinetop-Lakeside, Prescott, Prescott
Valley, Saint Johns, Sedona, Seligman, Shonto, Show Low,
Snowflake-Taylor, Tuba City, Valle, Whiteriver, Williams,
Window Rock and Winslow. This includes portions of the Apache-
Sitgreaves National Forest, Coconino National Forest, Kaibab
National Forest, Prescott National Forest and Tonto National
* WINDS…Southwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.
* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…As low as 14 percent.
* IMPACTS…Rapid spread of fire due to strong winds.
A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or are imminent. A combination of strong winds and low relative humidities can contribute to extreme fire behavior.
Be Prepared for Fire Evacuation
Report from Michael Schmitz, resident and Beaver Creek Trails Coalition Board Director
As a veteran of three evacuations in the brushy foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, may I suggest that in addition to creating a list of what to take, evacuees should also take plenty of photos of personal property they are forced to leave behind. It may help in case of claims for total loss of their homes or theft by looters, the despicable scourge of homes that survive wildland fires.  People should also keep their vehicles fueled up with at least a half tank during the fire season. People don’t realize that the power companies cut the power in wildfire events and most gas stations don’t keep generators on hand ready to run the pumps. A few hundred dollars in cash ($20s) can also be very handy when credit card processing machines are down.
Fortunately I never had to file a claim for loss of structures but have filed claims for loss of trees, fences, and damages caused by the firefighting efforts.
Be ready for fire. If you give the firefighters the defensible space they need to defend your home, they’ll give it their best shot.
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Candidates for District 2 Answer Beaver Creek Questions

Six candidates are running for Yavapai County’s District 2 Supervisor’s position.
BCCA Board members got together last month to compile a list of questions that relate to our community of Beaver Creek. We’ll be posting the responses as they come in . . . Watch this space so that you can make an informed decision about our next Yavapai County supervisor.


Brandi Bateman
Wiley Cline
James GregoryResponses Jodi Rooney

Camp Verde Fire 6/18/2020

Dear Neighbors
This fire was residential.  With the number of fires large and small at this time in our state, no one can risk being unprepared.
As usual the Thursday 10 AM food share is back at Beaver Creek School for anyone who would like to drive thru and pick up.
Fortunately the decreasing wind today helps us all,
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A residential fire on Clover Leaf Ranch Rd in Camp Verde yesterday.
On June 17, 2020 at 14:30 in the afternoon Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District Stations 81 and Stations 82 along with Verde Valley Fire and Sedona Fire were dispatched to a residential fire at 2870 Cloverleaf Ranch Road.
Emergency crews arrived on scene to find a single story residence with fire and smoke coming from the North end of the structure. The home owners and occupants were able to self-extricate without injury from the structure prior to emergency crews arrival, although five pets were still inside of the structure at the time of emergency crews arrival. Fire had vented through the roof at the North end of the structure upon emergency crews arrival. Fire crews made an interior fire attack on the structure to find a well seated attic fire which had spread through most of the attic space. With an aggressive fire attack crews were eventually able to bring the fire under control, keeping it from burning completely through the attic.
During the incident crews were able to locate one dog, a cat, a snake and two giant black scorpions and remove them safely from the structure. The dog did require some treatment from emergency crews on scene, while all of the other animals pulled from the fire were doing well and did not require and kind of treatment, unfortunately one cat is still missing. It took crews approximately one hour to bring this fire under control. The Prescott National Forest Service was also dispatched to this call, due to the proximity of heavy vegetation, the Verde River and the high sustained winds. Unfortunately the home did sustain heavy damage and the home owners and occupants are displaced at this time. The American Red Cross was dispatched to the scene to assist with temporary lodging for the homes occupants. There were no injuries to fire crews or the occupants of the home reported at this incident. Emergency crews remained on scene for several hours to complete salvage and overhaul.
CCFMD would like to thank all the agencies involved and that responded to this incident. The cause of this fire is still under investigation at this time.
Eric Strauss
Copper Canyon Fire & Medical Authority
Battalion Chief
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Brush Fire & Lots of Info 6/3/2020

Dear Neighbors
As if there wasn’t enough going on in our country and state, Beaver Creek had a close call with a brush fire running on the east side of I-17 between MP 293 (McGuireville) and north to about MP 296. The northbound lanes were closed while fire crews defeated the flames. This could have been a tragedy for families in Beaver Creek if the fire had continued further eastward. POBs (pats on back) to MANNY ROMERO for the fine photos and videos of the event which are posted on the Copper Canyon Fire & Medical Facebook page 
However, earlier in the day, Jodi Rooney spoke at the State Transportation Board meeting in support of replacing our inadequate I-17 interchange and bridge in McGuireville. She is a transportation professional and a candidate for the Yavapai County District 2 Supervisor office. Her work is a follow up to the fine letter of support for this project sent to that board in April and to the presentations from the BCCA Board last year. Her words:
“You have helped us with many projects over the years and it is our intention to continue to be innovative and follow through.  We also appreciate Board Member Gary Knight representing us.
I-17, by its nature, requires multiple improvement and maintenance.  ADOT, FHWA and regional partners have always stepped up.  Our current national economic situation has required us all to sacrifice.  We are seeing this with the tentative 5-year program.  While we understand this, I speak to and ask that I-17 continue to remain a priority.  Specifically, project H68000, study roadway widening, design, construction – I-17 from Anthem Way TI to Cordes Junction (over $300 million).
I believe Supervisor Thurman sent a letter last month regarding the McGuireville TI.  I ask that you keep this on the radar. 
This ‘N That
  • Please complete the 10 census questions for your household altogether or individually. Just get it done! (See flyer below)  Add /jobs to get that info.
  • The weekly Food Share at Beaver Creek School will be open for drive thru every Thursday in June & July from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. The 2nd Saturday food distribution will continue as always from 7:45 AM to 9:30 AM. (See flyer below)
  • Tuzigoot and Montezuma Castle have now opened trails for public use. Montezuma Well remains closed. (BCCA has sent a written request to open the trails and picnic area at the well.) (See flyer below)
  • The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meetings will resume in person meeting after July 1. Meanwhile here is the streaming info for today’s meeting: live stream by going to and this is the link to the agenda
    • On Monday, June 1, the Yavapai County Recorder’s office opened for in person services.
    • The Yavapai County Planning & Zoning Commissions and Board of Adjustments will resume meetings in September using social distancing and other safety protocols.
Taking fire precautions,
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Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments are increasing recreational access to trails and outdoor spaces. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
Beginning June 5 th , 2020, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will reopen access to:
  • Outside trails at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot
  • Picnic areas at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:
  • Visitor Centers
  • Park Stores
  • Museums
  • Restrooms
  • Montezuma Well (Entire Unit)
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments are also observing Stage II Fire Restrictions.    During this stage, the following is prohibited:
  • Igniting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, including use of charcoal or briquettes.
  • The use of stoves or grills that are solely fueled by liquid petroleum gas (LPG) are allowed.
  • Operating internal combustion power tools, such as a chainsaw or other equipment, between 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Generators with an approved spark arresting device in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the generator are allowed
  • Welding, or operating any acetylene or other torch with an open flame
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle.  Deposit butts in an ashtray, do not toss or discard on the road or surrounding ground.
  • The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At The Verde Valley Monuments, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.
    While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders (, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health. 

    We have amazing virtual tours of Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot all of the time, so for people who are still home schooling or not traveling at this time check out or

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    Copper Canyon Fire & Medical News 5/30/2020

    Copper Canyon Fire & Medical
     Urban Interface Assignment
    On May 30  Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Station 81 was dispatched and responded to an urban interface assignment at Cat Claw and Verde Lakes Dr. in Camp Verde.  Initial reports stated that there was a wild land fire at Cat Claw Dr. and the corner of Verde Lakes Dr. that was about the size of a tennis court   While responding a second report was given that the fire was now about the size of one acre.  An additional Type 1 engine and Type 6 engine were added from Station 82 and the to the assignment and the National Forest Service was notified due to rapid fire growth.
    Emergency crews arrived on scene to find an approximately two acre fire in mature brush and tall grass on the south side of Cat Claw Dr.  Crews were assigned to Cat Claw Dr to battle the wind driven fire which was being pushed to the north by approximately 8 mph winds.  The fire quickly jumped Cat Claw Dr. into an open field that was backed up by residential homes on the north side of the open field.  A second alarm was quickly struck bringing additional resources from Prescott Nation Forest Service, Coconino National Forest Service, Verde Valley Fire District, Sedona Fire District, Cottonwood Fire Department and Verde Valley Ambulance Company.  DPS and CVMO also responded for traffic control and pre notification of possible evacuations.
    With aggressive firefighting tactics and strong apparatus deployment containment lines were quickly established and forward progress of the fire was stopped.  The fire grew to approximately ten acres in size before forward fire progress was stopped.  Though structures were threatened during this fire no structures were lost or damaged. Crews remained on scene for approximately 6 hours for mop up.  There were no reported injuries to any fire crew members or public.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.  CCFMD would like to sincerely thank all agencies involved and that responded to this incident.
    CCFMD would like to remind every one of the potential of catastrophic wild land fire starts in the area and that there are currently fire bans in place at this time.  Stay Safe!!
    Eric Strauss
    Copper Canyon Fire & Medical Authority
    Battalion Chief
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    BCS 8th Grade Promotion – Parade & More 5/20/2020

    Dear Neighbors
    Beaver Creek’s 8th Grade Promotion is tonight for 40 students.  Despite the current pandemic hardships, this may be one of the most memorable events for these honored community members.  School staff and parents have worked hard and creatively to make the promotion events heartwarming for the students, families and the community.
    The events tonight may establish some new traditions which may be integrated with the older well-loved events of the past in the future.  Some new, some old, which may be what’s in the future for all of us.
    This week the school has sponsored a photographic set up on the stage for families to utilize and video to be taken for the ceremonies.  Yesterday the school had a Zoom awards ceremony for the 8th Grade. Tonight promotion vehicles will line up at the school where students will receive their certificates.  The community parade starts at 6 PM.  The route is below and everyone is invited to come out and wave at the Class of 2020 going on to high school in the fall.
    And there is more!  Parents have arranged to continue honoring the Class of 2020 at the new drive-in on Hwy 260 at the Coury roundabout exit next to Jones Ford.  Parents have arranged a slide show including each student who will be called up to receive two roses.
    All the details and maps are below.  Don’t miss a special parade if you are available at that time.
    Finding something to wave at the kids & their families
    . . the calendar crew  
     CLASS OF 2020 Parade Directions & Route

    CLASS OF 2020 Parent Sponsored After Promotion at The new Drive-In
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    eNews 5/18/2020 – Lots of Info

    Dear Neighbors
    Watch out for the wind today and especially tomorrow…predicted to be up to 31 MPH today and 37 MPH on Tuesday. No fires allowed per Copper Canyon Fire & Medical restrictions.
    The Beaver Creek Library is back to their 6 day a week schedule which includes Saturdays. Service is still call ahead for curbside service. Open 10:30 AM to 6 PM Mondays through Thursdays and 9 AM to 3 PM on Friday and Saturday.
    The Lake Montezuma Women’s Civic Club wishes to thank everyone who bid on the four-basket fundraiser. $400 was contributed for the scholarship fund.
    Last Thursday was the first weekly Food Share in Beaver Creek. These will continue throughout the summer in addition to the Beaver Creek Food Bank at the Beaver Creek School the 2nd Saturday morning of each month. The Beaver Creek Kiwanis have purchased 60 whole frozen chickens for the boxes this Thursday which will again be a drive through at Beaver Creek School from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. Thank you to Marlyn Van Keuren, YC District 2 Executive Assistant for making this happen, to the Salvation Army for making the delivery and to Manzanita Outreach for providing and packing the food. Volunteers at the site included Marlyn, Jodi Rooney (candidate in the upcoming District 2 election), Jessica Herrera, Roz Birdsall, Mark Holst, Bev Jackson (Cornville Community Association President), Beth Franklin (BC Librarian), and Janet Aniol.
    ****On Wednesday, May 20, Beaver Creek School’s 8th grade class will be doing a parade for their promotion. The parade will begin at BC School and follow a route that takes us down by the Lake Montezuma Village Square (see picture). The parade will begin at the school at 6 PM. Staff and Parents are hoping to get support from the community. Please come out and cheer on our 8th graders as they prepare to move on to high school. Thank you in advance for your support in making what could have been a disappointment to our students into something memorable for them.
    The Beaver Creek Community Association is working on a questionnaire for the six candidates for the office of Yavapai County District 2 Supervisor in order to give voters more information. If you would like to make a recommendation for a question, please email the calendar crew. The BCCA board meets today, further information is below.
    Since all six of the above candidates are Republicans, the new supervisor will be elected in the Primary election on August 4. Information for registered Independents is below.
    Wind in the forecast,
    . . . . . the calendar crew  
    Yes! Arizona has an open primary law which allows any voter who is registered as independent to cast a ballot for one of the officially recognized political parties in State Primary Elections. Independent voters on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) will receive a postcard in the mail asking them to choose which party ballot they wish to receive for the Primary Election. The corresponding primary ballot will then be sent by mail to the voter to complete approximately 27 days prior to the election.
    Independent voters who go to the polls on Election Day will be given the option to choose a party ballot at that time.
    Monthly Meeting – Via Zoom
     Monday, May 18, 2020, 3:00 PM
    Beaver Creek Community Association 
    Public participation is appreciated. There is a 2-minute time limit for public participation/comments from individuals. We encourage people to use ZOOM to participate.
    Call for Public Discussion Items not listed below. Discussion with residents.
    President’s Update :
    1. Minutes for March & Financial Report: Request to accept donations toward Rollins Park upkeep from Mikki & Terry Weissinger and Dennis & Janet Aniol
    1. New Business.   Discussion and possible action on each
    • Cornville Community Association request for assistance in the P&Z process in reference to the Spring Creek Ranch proposal. From their president, Bev Jackson, If you could encourage your citizens to write a letter opposing Spring Creek Ranch that would be WONDERFUL.  The developers have been all over Sedona getting signatures on form letters and have almost 200!   Each household can submit one letter.  There are instructions for addressing on our website. As soon as we know when this will be heard by the P&Z Commission, I will also share that date so that anyone who is willing to attend and support our fight against adding 2100 units (4200+ people) on less than 1% of the land occupied by the slightly less than 4000 people currently in our small community.”
    1. Old Business. Discussion and possible action on each
    • Rollins Park update
    • District 2 Supervisor Tom Thurman wrote to ADOT in support of our quest to improve and reconstruct TI 293 on I-17 at McGuireville. He received the following response from the Division Director of Multimodal Planning, “I am in receipt of your email and have directed our planning team to add this project to our current call for projects. It will be added to the list of projects to be reviewed and evaluated for prioritization in the 2022 project priority list.”
    • 6 candidates for the District 2 Supervisor office. List of questions for candidate responses to help our votes make an informed decision.
    • Thank you letter to Supervisor Tom Thurman for his letter to ADOT on our behalf.
    • Thank you letter to Marlyn Van Keuren for her work in setting up a weekly food share for Beaver Creek.
    Adjournment. The next meeting is at 3 PM on June 8, 2020 in the Beaver Creek Adult Center.
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    Food Boxes and Books, Covid Update 5/13/2020

    Dear Neighbors
    Food boxes are being delivered to Beaver Creek School for community pick up from 9:30 to 10:30 AM tomorrow (Thursday) thanks to Yavapai County Staff and coordination by Marlyn Van Keuren, District 2 Executive Assistant. It will be drive through with delivery to your vehicle. Yes, you may pick up for a friend, relative or neighbor. Just be prepared to give a name and number in the household for each box. Please call your neighbors who do not have Internet service and might not get this information. We do encourage neighbors to pick up and take care of the food for those who are at work and cannot make this time. If we should run out of food, we will take your name and get more on Friday.
    The Beaver Creek Public Library (located next to BC School) is now open for curbside service from 10:30 AM to 6 PM Mondays through Thursdays and form 9 AM to 3 PM on Friday. There will not be Saturday service for a while. Please call in or email your requests and arrange a pickup time. 928-567-4034. Registration for the Summer Reading Program for families ends on Friday. Detailed information is below. Please call 928-567-4034 for a registration form. There is a mailbox by the library door to receive registration forms.
    The Yavapai County Community Health Service Update is below. Sadly, as of last weekend, Beaver Creek is no longer zero for confirmed COVID-19 cases. Free testing is again available at the Spectrum on Mingus. Last Saturday, one of our residents entered at 11:40 and exited after having been swabbed at 11:48 AM. There is also information regarding a rare but concerning threat to small children and a review of the drug Remdesivir.
    Here is a link to the new Pandemic Unemployed Assistance for the self-employed, independent contractors and gig works. This just became available yesterday.
    Enjoying the cooler weather,
    . . . . . the calendar crew  
    May 12 
    th Update – Yavapai County Community Health Services
    Yavapai County reports 221 COVID-19 Cases, Additional Recoveries
    La Paz
    Santa Cruz
    159,092 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19 with 11,736 positive cases and 562 deaths. Yavapai County has tested 5,320 residents (4,083 PCR tests, 1,237 antibody tests), 221 positives, 20 recovered, and deaths.  The YCCHS staff continue to critically assess test data. VVMC reports no hospitalizations from COVID-19, with 10 persons under investigation (PUI).  YRMC reports hospitalizations with COVID-19, PUIs on West Campus, on the East Campus.  The VA has no COVID-19 hospitalizations or PUIs.
    New Developments in COVID-19:
    Pediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome – Rare, but Concerning
    The coronavirus has largely spared children. Most confirmed to be infected have had only mild symptoms, but pediatricians across the world have recently started to alert epidemiologists to cases of a new disease preliminarily named Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome, which is likely related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Parents need to be aware of this syndrome; however, they do not need to panic.
    Symptoms can include fever, rash, reddish eyes, swollen lymph nodes and sharp abdominal pain. They do not usually include two common hallmarks of Covid-19: cough and shortness of breath.  The syndrome can bear some resemblance to a rare childhood illness called Kawasaki disease, but as doctors learn more, they are emphasizing that the two conditions are not the same.
    What is Remdesivir?  Remdesivir doesn’t cure coronavirus.  The experimental drug, which may speed up recovery from a COVID-19 infection, may be the best treatment we have against a virus that’s on a global rampage.  Late last week, the FDA authorized emergency use (AEU) of the antiviral drug, however no drugs are currently FDA-approved for treating COVID-19, and Remdesivir will still need formal approval. The move for AEU came on the heels of preliminary results from a clinical trial that found patients treated with Remdesivir had a 31 percent faster recovery than those who received a placebo. Average recovery was shortened to 11 days from 15 days, and the drug also slightly decreased the likelihood of dying from COVID-19.
    Supply of Remdesivir is limited, and its currently reserved for the sickest COVID-19 patients – those with blood oxygen levels at or below 94 percent and who require supplemental oxygen.  The White House and FEMA have stepped in to help coordinate distribution.
    ·      For Yavapai County data and COVID-19 Resources for Re-Opening,
    ·      The Yavapai Emergency Phone Bank – 928-442-5103 M-F, 8-5.  Weekends, call 2-1-1.
    Terri Farneti
    Public Health Coordinator
    Yavapai County Community Health Services
    (928) 442-5596
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