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Birch Trees

By Molly Cerreta Smith

Some people may think of the printing industry as one that is not environmentally friendly, due to the number of trees it requires to make paper. Some may even consider the printing industry as going the way of the dinosaur thanks to digital media. But Jackie Wszalek, owner of Despins Printing Inc., is setting the record straight. Read more

Banner Estrella Medical Center Facility
Photo by Cooperwaithe Photography

By Amanda Harvey

Solar panels are an ideal source of renewable energy for sun-drenched Arizona, and homeowners are not the only ones taking advantage. Joining many school systems and college campuses in the Valley that are incorporating solar panels on carports, Banner Health is also making strides in the world of solar and green energy. Read more

Fresh Express Bus

by David M. Brown

Since April, Phoenix’s Don Keuth has steered his Fresh Express by Discovery Triangle bus into areas in Phoenix and Tempe known as food deserts.

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4 cups butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced
1 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup dates, pitted
1 banana, peeled
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. sea salt
1 cup water


  1. Add all ingredients in the blender until smooth and creamy.
  2. If you have a high-speed blender, simply blend for three to four minutes until soup is steamy.
  3. If you do not have a high-speed blender, add hot water when you blend.


This healthy raw recipe by Haley Cloud of Living Raw by Grace will lighten up your Thanksgiving feast without sacrificing the flavors of the season.

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by John and Jennifer Burkhart

This time of year has me singing, “Everything is awesome! Everything is cool when it’s pumpkin flav-ored! Everything is awesome when we’re eating pumpkin treats.” (In case you don’t have kids and don’t recognize the tune, The LEGO Movie is worth seeing!). Maybe I was a bit more excited to sample a variety of pumpkin goodies than my hubby, but at least there’s a beer involved! Oh yes, beer.

granola barNature’s Path | Organic Pumpkin-N-Spice Flax Plus Granola Bars

He said:  It’s a shame when one bad flavor ruins a perfectly good granola bar. These Nature’s Path bars were sweet and chewy with crunchy granola and pumpkin seeds. The honey spice flavor was delicious right up until the overwhelming flavor of old grains took over. The aftertaste was the flavor version of the bulk grain aisle smell. Not pleasant.

He gave it: ★★

She said:  Soft, sweet and chewy, these granola bars were tasty! There’s no actual pumpkin in them, just to be clear, but there are pumpkin seeds and enough cinnamon and spices to remind you of a pumpkin pie. Sure, they smell like the inside of a 1969 hippie bus, but it’s a “flax-plus” trail mix bar! What did you expect? I’d take these on any trail.

She gave it: ★★★★ Read more

 Rancho Vistoso

El Tour de Tucson is always a big event in the Old Pueblo and this year promises to be no different. The 2014 Special Olympics 32nd El Tour de Tucson’s theme “Ride to be Unified” honors the efforts of Brandon Lyons and Lorena Evan, a firefighter and a registered nurse respectively, to alert the community about the safety solution for both cyclists and drivers. Their story began in 2013 while training for the 31st El Tour de Tucson, when a motorist traveling approximately 45 mph struck Lyons and Even from behind. Since the accident, the two have worked towards building public awareness of the safety between cyclists and cars on the streets of Pima County.

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Phoenix-based Company Local Motors Creates World’s First 3D Printed Car

Unveiled for the first time on September 8th in Chicago, the Strati, a two-seater electric car, is taking the world by storm. With a range of 120 miles and a maximum speed of 40 mph, this will not be creating any new land speed records, but it will dramatically decrease the amount of time it takes to create a single automobile. The Strati initially took only 44 hours to build and only has about 10 parts to it. Local Motors’ mission is to manufacture it even faster over time. The design for the Strati was selected from more than 200 entries submitted by the company’s online community; it will begin selling later this year ranging from $18,000 to $30,000. Read more