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 Composting Company Provides Door-to-Door ServiceThe act of composting can be one of the greenest things a person can take part in. However, living in an apartment, condo or similar place with limited outdoor space makes it hard to decompose organic matter. Luckily for Valley residents, a new local composting option has become available. Recycled City has a weekly compost collection service that aids in the revitalization of Valley soils. The process is simple: subscribers receive a bucket where they can put all approved organic waste, along with a Bokashi sprinkle to help with decomposition. Recycled City will pick up the waste on a weekly basis and convert it to soil for gardening.

Legislation introduced to stop the use of orcas for entertainment

On March 7, California Assemblyman Richard Bloom filed the Orca Welfare and Security Act (AB 2140). This bill, the first of its kind for a state that has captive orcas (otherwise known as killer whales), would ban the display of orcas for entertainment and ban the exportation of the captive California orcas and their genetic material to other marine parks. If passed, orcas would retire from a life of entertainment. Bloom, (D) of Santa Monica, announced at his press conference that this bill is the direct result of the 2013 documentary Blackfish, which explored the history of orca captivity, specifically the history of Tilikum, SeaWorld Orlando’s prize bull whale who killed three humans, most notably, his trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.  SeaWorld San Diego is the only marine park in California with orcas in its collection.

Photo by Thomaswm

The theme of Earth Day this April 22nd 2014 is “Green Cities”, which means over a billion people around the world will help to highlight the importance of living in a sustainable city with a focus on improving our environment. Over half of the world’s population now live in cities and it’s having an increasingly detrimental impact on our planet.


30 greenest cities

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All the Wei Assorted ChocolatesAll the Wei Assorted Chocolates

If your sweet tooth beckons, you can indulge in Wei of Chocolate’s assorted chocolate sampler. All morsels are organic, vegan, non-GMO, and fair trade dark chocolates. Nibble on chai, chili, citrus, and Himalayan pink salt-infused candies, each infused with floral essence. $30






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This is a refreshing smoothie-juice fusion high in antioxidants, calcium, iron, vitamins and folic acid. Make sure you use 100 percent organic produce for this recipe. Use fresh seasonal strawberries, peaches and apricots, and freeze them ahead of time in your freezer.


  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, washed and roughly chopped
  • 2 apples
  • 1 cup strawberries, frozen
  • ½ cup peaches, frozen
  • ½ cup apricots, frozen


  1. Juice the lettuce and the apples.
  2. Blend the juice with frozen fruit and serve.


Recipe and photo courtesy of Pomegranate Café.

By Katie Snyder

Want to get to know Arizona? Then use your feet! From Flagstaff to Tucson, through majestic pine forests and stunning desert landscapes, there are countless hiking trails to suit all fitness levels. Hit the trails and see what the Arizona countryside has to offer!

Northern Arizona: Cathedral Rock, Sedona

Northern Arizona: Sedona Cathedral Rock

Sedona is known for its red rock canyons and beautiful scenery, including the iconic rock formation known as Cathedral Rock. While this trek is considered moderately difficult, even those less experienced can experience the joy of hiking this geological attraction. Hikers will start off on a relatively flat trail before climbing onto rocks that lead to the Cathedral Rock. Over time, hikers have worn a path to make it easier to reach the saddle points, but be ready to climb, crawl and exert some energy if you plan on making it to the top of the trail. Once you get there, the payoff is well worth it, with panoramic views of the valley beyond.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trail length: 1.5 miles roundtrip
  • Elevation: 4,040 feet
  • Time: 1 hour

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By Barbara J. Luther

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Have you ever watched the TV program “Shark Tank”? Inventors and business owners pitch their ideas in hopes of persuading a panel of savvy investors to give them money and, sometimes, advice on how to advance to the next step and grow their customer base. One panelist usually asks if the business has patented the product. Watch the excitement ebb away if the inventor says, “No.” Why is this? Not patenting your product before selling means that your product is subject to rapid, uncontrolled competition. Shark Tank investors and others are less likely to invest if there is no intellectual property protection to deter competitors and force them to develop their own products.

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