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How to adopt a desert tortoise from Arizona Game and Fish


The deadline draws near: Anyone looking to adopt a desert tortoise this year from the Arizona Game and Fish Department needs to get their application in soon before it is time for the reptiles to hibernate for the winter.

Tegan Wolf, the desert tortoise adoption program coordinator for the department, said over email that she thinks Oct. 19 will be the application deadline this year, but “you want to get your application in as soon as possible.”

Wolf said close to 800 tortoises have been adopted since the program formally began in 2016.

Fred and Debbie Santesteban live in Chandler and decided to adopt a desert tortoise from Arizona Game and Fish in 2001. Today, Gus still lives in his burrow in their backyard. 

After two decades Gus has figured out some tricks: “He’ll open the door and come in for the day,” Fred said, explaining that Gus can

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Voting by video allowed in some circumstances, Arizona judge rules


People wash their hands by the entrance to Sapphire of Tucson Nursing and Rehab on May 1, 2020. (Photo: David Wallace/The Republic)

Election officials in Arizona can use videoconferencing to help some voters confined to hospitals, nursing homes or living with severe disabilities cast their ballots, a judge ruled Monday, rejecting calls to declare the new pandemic-era practice illegal.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich asked the court to strike down plans adopted by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office and Arizona Secretary of State’s Office for limited “virtual” voting assistance, arguing that state law does not allow anyone to cast a ballot by video.

Gov. Doug Ducey also opposed the policies, contending that state law requires officials provide such services in person.

But in a ruling that reflected how unusual this election year is, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Randall H. Warner found that videoconferencing may be necessary for some voters

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As Arizona nursing homes reopen to visitors, state guidelines cause confusion

Many nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Arizona reopened to visitors earlier this month after being closed to most outsiders for months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Visiting elder loved ones in care facilities during the coronavirus pandemic



But rolling out the welcome mat has been anything but smooth.

Senior advocates and operators of long-term facilities say guidelines issued by Arizona Department of Health Services are causing confusion, with some managers incorrectly interpreting the guidelines to limit visits to only 15 minutes.

a bedroom with a bed and desk in a room: Abuse or neglect in nursing homes can have serious consequences for seniors.

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Abuse or neglect in nursing homes can have serious consequences for seniors.

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Other requirements — such as proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours and quarantining before each visit — make scheduling indoor visits difficult or impossible for working families.

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Arizona voters in hospitals and nursing homes may cast ballot via video


Voting at the Mesa Community College polling place. (Photo: Mark Henle/The Republic)

Arizona elections officials should suspend plans to help voters in nursing homes and hospitals cast ballots through video calls, Gov. Doug Ducey said in a letter to Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.

Arizona provides what are known as “special election boards” to people in hospitals and long-term care facilities, allowing them to cast a vote in person outside of a traditional polling place.

But this year, long-term care facilities across the country, and in Arizona, were hit hard by COVID-19. Earlier this month, Maricopa County surpassed 1,000 deaths in long-term care facilities due to COVID-19.

Visitor restrictions at these places can make the job more difficult for special election boards, they but aren’t entirely stopping the practiceand in some places they are adjusting with technology.

Special election boards set up by Arizona counties provide a team,

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School for children with disabilities back open after remodeling | Arizona News

GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – A local school that works with students with developmental disabilities is now back open—after facing a multitude of challenges getting there.

Safety measures like wearing a mask or social distancing are tough but particularly difficult for someone with autism.

For people with autism, routines and schedules are relied upon to make their world comforting, But that isn’t always possible during a pandemic.

“For the last five months it’s possible their structure was kind of turned upside down,” says Michelle Stroyne, with The Children’s Center, located near 51st and Glendale avenues, in Glendale.

They are at the forefront of helping children with disabilities navigate their new world. Starting with having to wear face masks.

“Any little sensory piece like having it tug on their ears for example, that could feel like one thousand pounds,” said Stroyne

Over the summer, the school prepared parents and students for

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7 Tips To Hiring Arizona Roofing Contractors

The roofing contractors in places such as Arizona are reputable. Yet people do regularly come up with incidents where they were misled and cheated. The Members of the Arizona Roofing Contractors Association are concerned with this facet of the roofing business and want to put an end to it.

They have in fact, chalked out several strategies to counter the misdeeds by such contractors while performing roof installation, roof repair or roof replacement. While, these points may not prove to be absolute insulation to such cheating and “rip-offs” by Arizona contractors, but they will certainly act as a guard against such unscrupulous acts by these ruffians in the cloak of roofing contractors.

1. Only licensed contractors are to be considered for the job

When you strike a deal with a roofer for roof repairs, seek his license number or license id on his card, proposal or letterhead. If he does … Read More