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Flint Stephens, Writer for Brandforge

  • Seven sporting events for your bucket list in 2018

    For sports lovers, choosing a favorite event can be nearly impossible. Fortunately, you don’t have to. You can be a great fan of multiple sports and you needn’t even be good at any. At the highest levels, sporting championships have transcended competition to become multifaceted, major events that hundreds of thousands want to experience. If […]
  • Arizona State Fair ‘Kid Reporter’ calls for new entries

    Last year, the Arizona State Fair kicked off their season by launching a search for a ‘Kid Reporter’ to cover all the fun things to do and see at the Fair. Parents submitted entries for their kids to become the Official Kid Correspondent for the Arizona State Fair. The lucky young journalist helped create videos and radio […]
  • Four hidden threats many homeowners miss

    The Southwestern desert has two distinct wet seasons most years. Summer brings monsoonal flows, and winter can be accompanied by heavy rains. The reality is frequently a stark contrast to the image of non-stop sunshine and winter golfing. “The North American Monsoon System is perhaps the least-understood of all of large-scale circulations patterns that affect the United […]
  • Five most anticipated NFL games in September and tips on where to watch

    The leaves may not change colors in Arizona as fall weather approaches but you can definitely feel the seasons shift as football kicks into gear. While the 2016 season may have been a disappointment for Arizona Cardinals fans, USA Today has them at No. 14 in its preseason NFL power rankings, while ESPN has them at No. 10. September’s […]
  • 5 safety pitfalls putting your business at risk

    Some jobs are harder than others, but one thing is certain, injury should never be considered “all in a day’s work.” That said, millions of Americans are hurt on the job each year. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, there were 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2015; […]
  • Four home hacks for a great night’s sleep

    Summers in the desert are brutal. Just when you’re ready for some relief, triple digit temperatures keep taking their toll with no signs of slowing down, even in the evening. Considering 50-70 million people suffer from sleep disorders, those hot summer nights can make matters even worse. “Research has shown that there seems to be […]
  • Keeping outdoor workers safe in the scorching desert heat

    As the Southwest U.S. braces itself for a hot summer, no one is exempt from dealing with the effects of extreme desert heat. Young children’s bodies haven’t developed the ability to safely regulate temperature and older individuals are susceptible due to factors such as medications and other diseases. Outside workers are also at risk, especially […]
  • Could urban farming end child hunger in the Valley?

    If you thought urban farming was something only Hipsters do in California, think again. Urban agriculture projects in Phoenix have been steadily growing since 2015. Yet, despite its recent popularity, urban agriculture is nothing new. The practice of cultivating, processing and distributing food in or around a village or town has been a regular practice in Europe […]
  • Surprising health benefits when you quit smoking

    We all know smoking can cause heart disease and lung cancer. What people who take up the habit don’t realize is virtually every smoker suffers a wide range of other unintended and unforeseen consequences. Stinky clothes to stained fingernails to gum disease, smoking can negatively impact lives in ways people never imagined. Fortunately, when you […]
  • Deadly dehydration and heat injuries: facts you need to know

    When the temperature passes 100 degrees and keeps climbing, most residents in the Valley stay indoors in an air-conditioned environment. If they must make a brief dash to an air-conditioned car, the heat coming up from the asphalt gives an extra layer of heat. There are some in the community who cannot easily escape the […]