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Briefs: January 8, 2014
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Federal Government takes action on radon gas to prevent cancer deaths

January is National Radon Action Month, according to The EPA. Health agencies throughout the United States have joined forces to promote action against the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. The American Lung Association, Centers for Disease Control, and National Cancer Institute all agree that radon is a National health problem and encourage radon testing during the January call to action.

Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible and odorless radioactive gas. One in 15 American homes contains high levels of radon. Millions of Americans are unknowingly exposed to this dangerous gas. In fact, a recent study by Harvard University ranks radon as Americas #1 in-home hazard. By taking simple steps to test your home for radon and fix if necessary, this health hazard can be avoided.

Radon gas is not isolated to certain geographical areas or home types. Radon problems have been detected in homes in every county of the U.S. It caused more American fatalities last year than carbon monoxide, fires, and handguns combined.

If a home hasn't been tested for radon in the past two years, EPA and the Surgeon General urge you to take action. Contact your state radon office for information on locating qualified test kits or qualified radon testers.

The federal commitment made by EPA, the General Services Administration, and the departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, and Veterans Affairs will focus efforts on radon reduction and mitigation in homes, especially those of low-income families, many of whom do not have the resources to make the simple fixes necessary to protect their homes and loved ones.

In the recent years, the federal consortium has met with key leaders in the public health, environmental and private sectors to launch the federal action plan that includes both immediate and long-term steps to reduce radon exposure.

In 2013, this effort to spread awareness and move forward protecting the nation from radon is moving along.

Your media group can participate in this Nation-wide initiative simply by writing articles and broadcasting messages about this deadly gas and by promoting National Radon Action Month.

Again, National Radon Action Month is here. For more information visit www.RadonMonth.org

Becoming an Outdoors Woman Deluxe Workshop

Whether you love the outdoors or are a bit wary of the wilderness, you are sure to enjoy a fun-filled weekend with like-minded women. The Arizona Becoming an Outdoors Woman program, also known as BOW, will hold its annual deluxe workshop Jan. 24-26 at Saguaro Lake Ranch, nestled on the banks of the Salt River across from the picturesque Bulldog Cliffs.

The weekend features comfortable lodging in nicely outfitted resort-style ranchettes, delicious meals and a beautiful location. BOW has something of interest to everyone and every skill level. There are workshops and activities for experienced outdoor enthusiasts and for women who have never hiked, camped, hunted or held a fishing pole. Kayaking on Saguaro Lake, birding, archery, landscape photography, horseback riding are just a few of the workshops. New this year is a class on optics. There also will be a session on hunting javelina, and a varmint-call stand.

Jean Groen, author of "Foods of the Superstitions," will give a presentation about edible and medicinal plants of the southwest desert. The desert survival class is informative and fun. Dutch oven classes will guide guests through the preparation of evening meals. After dark, things always heat up. There will be a fashion show, a wine and cheese tasting and a javelina presentation.

Cost of $380 includes instruction, program materials, use of equipment, deluxe lodging and meals Friday evening through Sunday lunch.

Find details of class descriptions at www.azwildlife.org or call 480-644-0077.

Arizona Wildlife Federation, with the support of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, sponsors the program.

Hitmen football and cheer registration scheduled

The first registration for spring league for Hitmen Football and Cheer is from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, at Dick's Sporting Goods in Prescott Valley. Part of the 10-team Alliance Youth Sports North, Hitmen is a youth tackle football and cheer club serving Prescott Valley and the Quad Cities, open to children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Tell your friends! For more information, visit: http://hitmenfootball.webs.com.

Air Force colonel explains Drone program at ERAU

Retired Air Force Col. John Dale will speak on the history of the Strategic Air Command Drone program at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Learn about the previously classified Strategic Air Command drone reconnaissance program covering targets in China, North Korea and North Vietnam, from the pilot who was in charge. Specially modified C-130s launched the drones, which helicopters then recovered in mid-air. The drones went where manned aircraft could not and some didn't make it back. This program contributed to the amazing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles of today.

The free presentation takes place in the Davis Learning Center Auditorium (Bldg. 20). Take the entrance to ERAU (opposite Heritage Park Zoo), make the first right off the traffic circle, and just past the library is the DLC, on the left.

Mine trip planned for Cleator area

The public is invited to travel to the Cleator area, Poland Creek and nearly to Bumble Bee to visit a variety of mines on Saturday, Jan. 11. This free trip requires 4-wheel-drive or high-clearance vehicles, and carpooling is encouraged.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Dewey-Humboldt Historical Museum at the top of Main Street, Humboldt. Bring water, lunch, flashlight, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, hat and camera. Trip leader Kevin Leonard also suggests bringing rubber boots, waders, or an extra pair of old sneakers.

For more information, call Leonard at 713-2769.

Breathe clean in 2014

Free smoking cessation classes begin at Yavapai Regional Medical Center, 1003 Willow Creek Road, Prescott, in January.

All sessions meet from 7-8:30 p.m. (Follow the signs in the main lobby to the cafeteria.)

Classes are:

* Thursday, Jan. 30.

* Monday, Feb. 3.

* Thursday, Feb. 13.

* Monday, Feb. 17.

* Wednesday, Feb. 19.

* Wednesday, Feb. 26.

* Thursday, Feb. 27

For more information, call 442-5572. Arizona Smokers' Helpline 1-800-556-6222.

Try your hand at fiber arts

Arcosanti presents its third annual Meet and Greet Fiber Retreat, a full day of free fiber fun, on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Whether you already know how to knit, crochet, felt, weave, spin, coil and cord, or you’d like to learn more, or maybe you just want to watch fiber artists at work, visit Arcosanti from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, to get your fill of all things fiber-related. 

For the first time, we are offering free beginner workshops, and we will have vendors selling everything from supplies to finished textiles throughout the day. This year's event features a presentation from special guest Ann Morton, whose Ground Cover Public Art Project provided 300 handmade blankets to individuals experiencing homelessness in Phoenix last year. 

Free workshops for beginners take place from 10-11:30 a.m. in

Knit, Felt, Coil and Cord, Drop Spindle. Lunch buffet from 12-1 p.m. at the Café is $9/person. Presentation by special guest Ann Morton begins at 1 p.m.

If you would like to take one of the free workshops, or are a fiber artist and would like to participate, contact event organizer, Kimberly Hatch at KimberlyAHatch@gmail.com.

Arcosanti is at Cordes Junction, I-17 and Highway 69 (exit 263).

Gun show is Jan. 25 & 26

Firing Pin Enterprizes, Inc., presents the Prescott Valley Gun and Knife Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Yavapai County Fairgrounds, 10401 Highway 89A, east of Fain Road in Prescott Valley.

Vendors from around the state will be in attendance to buy, sell and trade. New, used and antique firearms, knives and western memorabilia will be available to see, touch and buy. Also on hand will be ammunition, books, coins and a variety of shooting, hunting and outdoor accessories.

The public may bring firearms and related items to sell, trade or just show off.

All applicable local, state and federal laws will be observed.

For more information, call 928-485-0437 or visit www.firingpin.com.

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