Author: Jessi

Breaking into construction: How an ADOT program attracts women and minorities

Karisma Sandoval Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 Breaking into construction: How an ADOT program attracts women and minorities MIAMI – The Arizona Department of Transportation is working with education and business leaders to change a dismal statistic – more than 90 percent of workers in the construction industry are men, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. ADOT is working with community college leaders and contractors to integrate more women and minorities into a wide range of construction jobs, including welding, trucking, electrical work and building houses and roads. Patricia McKinley used the skills she learned at the construction academy to launch a Phoenix-based business, KHAVL Transport , in 2016 with just one truck. She now has four semi-tractor trailers in the trucking company she co-owns with her husband. McKinley said women need to lean toward their ambitions. “I think we put our own fear on ourselves, not knowing we can do it,” she said. McKinley said it was intimidating at first being the only women in her class, but she wanted to see it through. “It showed me that there was a great need for promotion, encouraging other women to get moving forward, because we can do it,” McKinley said. McKinley said she hopes to soon see more women behind the wheel and running their own companies. Corey Foster, who manages ADOT’S workforce development program, said bringing women and...

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Advocates push back against border wall funds, citing other U.S. needs

Alexis Egeland Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 Advocates push back against border wall funds, citing other U.S. needs WASHINGTON – Advocates fanned out across Capitol Hill Friday to tell members of Congress, current and incoming, that billions of dollars targeted for a border wall could be better used for needs inside the country. Their lobbying came one day after Republican lawmakers met with President Donald Trump to discuss funding the border wall, with Senate and House budget plans calling for $1.6 billion or $5 billion, respectively. To Tucson resident Vicki Gaubeca, that sort of money could go a long way toward addressing “ever more present needs in this country,” like recovery for the California wildfires. “That would be enough to replace those 11,000 and more structures that are being destroyed by those wildfires,” Gaubeca said. “I think that would be a better use of taxpayers’ money, and my hope is that Congress recognizes the same thing.” Gaubeca, the director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition, was in Washington to lobby with a handful of other activists who want to defund not only the wall but Customs and Border Protection and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “We’re here to say that it is absolutely not a good use of taxpayers’ money,” she said. But Trump, who campaigned on a promise of a “big, beautiful wall,” said the project is still needed....

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Violence burdens ‘bone and skin’: Indigenous women run in prayer to outpace pain

Carly Henry Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 Violence burdens ‘bone and skin’: Indigenous women run in prayer to outpace pain BAPCHULE — The sun rose into a violet-tinted sky as dozens of O’odham and Piipaash women prepared to leave for the last leg of a 53-mile journey spent in prayer for missing and murdered indigenous women. The two-day relay run, one of a number of events this year focused on bringing attention to the disproportionate rates of violence against indigenous people, took place days before the release of a report that found Arizona has the third highest number of such cases involving indigenous women. The report , published by the Urban Indian Health Institute, found that of 5,712 indigenous women reported missing in 2016, only 116 were logged into the Department of Justice’s federal missing persons database. Recent studies, which show trends many people within indigenous communities have been long aware of, have drawn further attention to the crisis. “For far too long, we’ve seen these stories be well-known but usually swept under the rug,” said Renee Jackson, who says the idea for the Women’s Prayer Run came to her in a dream. “By bearing those secrets or stories, it causes a great illness within our communities.” Healing starts with the blessing of rivers The Women’s Prayer Run, which has taken place annually since 2014, focuses on a different prayer...

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Scottsdale firefighters pitch in to battle Woolsey Fire near LA

Emily Fohr Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 Scottsdale firefighters pitch in to battle Woolsey Fire near LA WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. – The cul-de-sac off Blackbird Road looks idyllic, with green trees and inviting homes. Yet, a walk through this neighborhood reveals the scars left from the Woolsey Fire: a front yard blackened by flames, a charred wooden gate, a trampoline ripped at the seams. These are reminders of how lucky Westlake Village was when homes in so many other neighborhoods in the hills west of Los Angeles were lost. So far, more than 600 structures have been destroyed, displacing thousands of people. “It came very close,” Bita Farrell said as she pointed out the fire damage. “There’s actually almost like a doughnut of crispiness like, fire, burnt around our house.” Farrell, who has lived in her home for just more than two years, was away when the wildfire roared through Westlake Village. She returned to a burned backyard; a charred skeleton is all that remains of her son’s treehouse. Despite these damages, Farrell only had words of thanks for the California firefighters who helped save her home and for the Arizona firefighters in her neighborhood who are mopping up hotspots. “We’re just grateful we have our home,” Farrell said. “We’re grateful to these firefighters.” Farrell nodded her head toward firefighters from the Scottsdale Fire Department who were returning from the...

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CORRECTION to Nov. 13 story on Fall League’s Griffin Jax

Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 CORRECTION to Nov. 13 story on Fall League’s Griffin Jax SCOTTSDALE – An Oct. 30 Cronkite News story on the Fall League’s Griffin Jax erroneously stated that he played in Minnesota’s rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate. It should be the Appalachian League affiliate. The story here has been updated to reflect the correct...

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