By Cheryl Hurd
Wings outstretched, floating on air, Arizona raptors take command of the sky and captivate even the most casual of onlookers with their power and grace. Of all the birds that inhabit Arizona, these majestic birds of prey command attention. Arizona is home to more than forty species of hawks, harriers, owls, falcons and eagles, including our national bird, the bald eagle.
While avid birdwatchers trek through deserts, canyons, mountains and forests for a glimpse of some of these great creatures, it is not uncommon to discover some species in our urban setting, sometimes perched high on a light pole, sign or rooftop.
‘Live Lokai’ with these life symbolizing bracelets, each beaded with one dark bead and one white bead. The dark bead contains mud from the Dead Sea—the lowest part of the earth—symbolizing the hardest times of your life. The white bead contains water from Mount Everest, symbolizing the high points in life. $18
By Ryan Hixson
Over Memorial Day weekend I went on a camping trip to Woods Canyon Lake near Payson, and I realized how valuable a campfire really is. My fellow campers and I were unable to have a campfire due to the dry conditions and the high risk of starting a forest fire. In the last two months, Arizona has had 15 wildfires, most notably the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon, near Sedona. Oak Creek Canyon is located in the Coconino National Forest and is home to a diversity of wildlife and vegetation. It is also a very popular camping spot. According to Incident Information System, a government website tracking incidents across the nation, the Slide Fire, which is believed to be human-caused, burned approximately 21,227 acres of forest. Why have so many fires been occurring recently and why are they so devastating?
By Megan O’Malley
Hoping to explore vegetarian and vegan cuisine without letting go of your comfort food favorites or ice cream cravings? Chef Damon Brasch, owner and chef at Valley restaurants Green and Nami, convinces customers that they don’t have to compromise.
Green, which describes itself as the “new American vegetarian” restaurant, is perfect for both beginning and avid green eaters. With vegetarian and vegan dishes that are close to the carnivore’s comfort zone, such as the Thai peanut bowl, customers can take their green eating journey one delicious step at a time. Gluten-free foodies can also rejoice at the plethora of options that don’t sacrifice creativity or flavor. With locations at 2022 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, and 2240 N. Scottsdale Rd. #8, Tempe, Green offers fare that makes a statement–that green cuisine can be savory, edgy, and most importantly, open to all. The restaurant’s menu features items such as No Harm Chicken Parm and a clever spin on the burger lover’s staple, the Big WAC, featuring two hand-packed vegan burgers.
Guests at Keys Resort Can Donate to Coral Reef Preservation
An innovative “pay it forward” program at Glunz Ocean Beach Hotel and Resort in Marathon, Florida Keys, allows hotel guests to donate $1 per night to the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) in Key Largo during their stay. The family-owned hotel has pledged to match guest donations, and 100 percent of monthly contributions are donated directly to CRF. The foundation has been successful at re-establishing sexually mature coral colonies that can reproduce and repopulate Keys reefs.
This initiative, which was launched with a $10,000 donation by the Glunz family, began when 400 staghorn corals were planted two miles off the shoreline of the resort. glunzoceanbeachhotel.com
SCA Named One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies
SCA, a leading global hygiene and forest products company headquartered in Sweden, with operations in Flagstaff and Bellemont, announced that it has been recognized as a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute. This is the seventh consecutive year SCA has been recognized, and is one of only nine consumer products companies recognized. The Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research that promotes best practices in corporate ethics and governance, selects companies after evaluating factors such as leadership, governance, and culture of ethics. With a mill in Flagstaff and a converting plant in Bellemont, SCA employs nearly 220 in Arizona.
Sun-Powered Brewery in Lake Havasu Expands
Mudshark Brewery, a family-owned business in Lake Havasu, is continuing to grow. Four new fermenters have recently have been added to the production facility, which in 2012 became 80 percent solar-powered. Continuing in the company’s green initiative, Mudshark Brewery upcycles all spent grain to local farmers. A program to conserve water at their facilities is also in the works.
By Kelli Vu
Since 1993, Alaine Shrewsbury, founder and baker of Green Heart Bakery, has been providing vegan and gluten-free baked goodies from southern Arizona. Currently, the Green Heart Bakery does not have a retail location, but customers can pick up their pastries from Loft Farmers Market in Tucson every Saturday or place an order on their website, greenheartbakery.com, and have items shipped to them.