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Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act begins on Oct. 1 and at the new health insurance marketplaces, call centers are open to help consumers understand what the act means for them.

However, criminals, scammers and con artists are going to work, calling victims and posing as a government representative so they can rip you off.

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children one to 13 years old. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.

Rural/Metro Fire Department and Southwest Ambulance want to ensure all families and children are safe and are offering great safety and prevention assistance during Car Seat Safety Week.

Baby rattlesnakes will be extremely active over the next several months as more and more are born during Arizona's monsoon season.  Not only are baby snakes smaller and more difficult to see than adult rattlesnakes, but they haven't yet developed their rattle which can add to the likelihood of unpleasant surprises.

In addition to being silent, baby rattlesnakes are found in unexpecting places such as in leaf skimmers, pool filters, or even on porches.

Arizona Public Service is warning its customers of a bill paying scam making rounds in the Greater Phoenix area.

The company said customers have received phone calls from scammers pretending to be APS employees or making a generic reference to the "electric company," "electric utility" and "power company."

Pinal County does not spray for nuisance mosquitoes.  They spray when there are pools of the particular mosquito that carry the West Nile virus and those mosquitoes test positive as carriers of the virus.  To date, their public health program has been focused on examining the sources of the breeding mosquitoes and eliminating places for them to breed.  Property owners, HOAs and commercial businesses should take every precaution to eliminate pools of stagnant water where mosquitoes will breed.  The county is doing a lot of testing and trapping activity in and around San Tan Valley.

Scams Promising Free Medical Alert Systems are on the Rise Across the Country

Attorney General Tom Horne is warning people, especially senior citizens, about an increase in medical alert scams. Across the country, seniors have been reporting phone calls that offer “free” medical alert systems.

Here’s how it works:  Scammers scare seniors by convincing them to disclose their private information and then use it to commit identity theft or drain bank accounts.

The average starting date of the monsoon is this week, according to the National Weather Service. Mother Nature is taking notice as meteorologists are predicting “high humidity, cloudy skies and possible thunderstorms for the Valley this week.” As the monsoon envelops the Valley from July to September, being prepared and aware are essential for safety.    

It’s no secret: Arizona is no stranger to wildfires. The Doce Fire has burned more than 6,700 acres near Prescott – the state’s first major wildfire in what could be a rough­er- than-normal wildfire season. Last year, the Gladiator Fire near Crown King claimed 16,000-plus acres. In 2011, the Wallow Fire – the largest in state history – ravaged 530,000-plus acres, destroyed 32 homes and forced the evacuation of nearly 10,000 people in eastern Arizona.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office warn residents that an offer received by the phone, mail or Internet may be too good to be true. According to the website look­stoogoodtobetrue. com, online scams know no national borders or boundaries; they re­spect no investigative jurisdictions. But, as with all scammers, they have one objective — to separate citizens from their money!

The website advises that hanging up the phone or not responding to shady mailings or e-mails will make it difficult for the scam­mer to commit fraud.

Over the last few weeks, we have received numerous complaints about several issues in our community.

As a public service announcement, we are sharing the information with all of you.  

As part of the Arizona Department of Transportation’s efforts to spread the word about dust storm safety, the agency is once again asking people to channel their inner poets and send in their haboob haikus.

Haboob Haiku: Year Two gets underway today through ADOT’s social media sites. ADOT first issued the Haboob Haiku Challenge last year as part of its “Pull Aside, Stay Alive” dust storm awareness campaign. The challenge was such a smashing success that worldwide media featured some of the 600 haiku submissions. The “Pull Aside, Stay Alive” campaign re-launched yesterday as part of Arizona Monsoon Awareness Week. The campaign will run through the summer, reminding drivers about the dangers of dust storms and monsoon storms.

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27 Apr 2017
09:00am - 10:30am
Homeschool: Fabulous Fossils
29 Apr 2017
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Beginner Skill Level Mountain Bike Ride
29 Apr 2017
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Mountain Biking 101
30 Apr 2017
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Sonoran Desert Basics
02 May 2017
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San Tan Leads
04 May 2017
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San Tan Hikers
04 May 2017
06:30pm - 07:30pm
2017 Pinal County Peace Officers Memorial Service
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