Emerging Need Leads to Community Giving Opportunity

Our rural communities are in an emerging need that may be unseen by those living in cities or suburbs. Native Americans and remote-lifestyle individuals are being disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic often losing their jobs/ income, capacity to buy food or pay rent, and care for their families and self. Besides the lack ofContinue reading “Emerging Need Leads to Community Giving Opportunity”

Bates Files Final Papers for Election! But why no photo?

On Wednesday, March 25, I filed 494 petition signatures (I needed 147) with the County Elections Office to qualify for the Democratic Primary in August. It is typical of politicians to get photos of as they submit their nominating petitions; however, given the precautions necessary because of COVID-19, I didn’t. In order to file, IContinue reading “Bates Files Final Papers for Election! But why no photo?”

COVID-19 Update

Yesterday, the County Board of Supervisors approved a Declaration of Emergency for Coconino County. This closes many services except those deemed essential. In addition, the County Health Department issued additional guidance and instructions to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Meanwhile, protect yourself from this virus as best as possible. I am working from home soContinue reading “COVID-19 Update”

Board of Supervisors’ Work on the Budget, Animal Protection, COVID-19

On March 10, I attended the Coconino County Board of Supervisors meeting so I know the issues once I am elected as County Supervisor. Of course, I can only be elected with your help! First on the agenda was a request for additional funding for the High Country Humane Society which the County has previouslyContinue reading “Board of Supervisors’ Work on the Budget, Animal Protection, COVID-19”

From Awards to Our Future

I attended the 12th Annual Viola Awards last evening and was again impressed by the diversity of the nominees and the different award categories. Named for Viola Babbitt, an ardent supporter of arts and education, this event was truly reflective of Flagstaff. There were individuals from numerous ethnic groups, different lifestyles, and all ages. TheContinue reading “From Awards to Our Future”

CPWAC Meeting

On Friday, I attended the monthly meeting of Coconino Plateau Water Advisory Council (CPWAC), a consortium of nearly 20 different entities working to preserve water quality and quantity. CPWAC focuses on understanding the current and future needs for water in our area and what can be done to ensure an adequate supply. The agencies andContinue reading “CPWAC Meeting”

Four Forest Restoration Initiative

Today, I had the opportunity to attend the regional Four Forests Restoration Initiative (4-FRI) Stakeholders meeting. 4-FRI’s objective is reduce fuel loads in our national forest to reduce catastrophic fire risk and use the harvested wood to drive local economic development. A major challenge is that the industries that purchase and process the cut treesContinue reading “Four Forest Restoration Initiative”