The 9th annual Salt River Fields Spooktacular Hot Air Balloon Festival is an event all families will remember. The festival has hot air balloons, food, inflatable slides, trick-or-treating and more! My family and I won tickets from Bear Essential News. We had a very good time!

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 I met Mayor Jonathan Rothschild at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible playground at Reid Park. The playground has ramps and plenty of shade.

Mayor Rothschild said his favorite part of this project was getting the funding to build it. He also enjoyed seeing all the kids having so much fun together.

The new playground is located near the DeMeester band shell. The old playground there was removed. The playground has an area for little kids and one for bigger kids too.

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 “Calling the Game” sportscasting camp recently wrapped, sponsored by the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications along with the Arizona Coyotes and FOX Sports. I was lucky enough to attend both the high school and middle school camps.

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In the 1990s, a farmer accidentally ran over a coyote den, leaving only one pup alive. There were no vets that treated wild animals, but fate brought him to Linda Searles. She realized that a rehabilitation center for orphaned animals was a necessity. Searles bought ten acres of land in 1994 and founded The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center or SWCC.

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Do you know who Mark Kelly is? He is a former astronaut who is running for senate. Not only has Kelly been to space, but he has also been to some local libraries. I had the chance to meet him at the downtown library. He read his bestselling book, “Mousetronaut.”

After the reading, he answered questions. Kelly says he flew 17,000 miles per hour in space. He also noted that the first time you’re in zero gravity, it feels weird.

Kelly’s identical twin brother, Scott Kelly, has been to space, also. The two have written a book together.

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 Ever wonder how to become a journalist for the Bear Essential Newspaper? I am going to share with you how I became a journalist. I recently attended the Bear Essential News Young Reporters Workshop at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU!

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 Have you ever seen yellow tape on four wooden sticks at the beach? It’s usually at the bottom of the dunes. That tape is marking the baby sea turtles nest and marine biologists say you must set up your beach chairs 10 feet or more away from the tape. The reason is to protect the sea turtle nests, which are buried in the sand. Sea turtle hatchlings have less than 1 percent chance of surviving to adulthood.

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