Have you ever wondered what it is like being mayor? In the Young Reporters October Zoom Meeting, we got to speak with Valeria Molina, the current Mayor of Guadalupe! She had lots of interesting things to share.

The incorporated Town of Guadalupe is located between Tempe and Phoenix, near South Mountain, and is about 0.66 square miles with about 6,000 residents. Guadalupe was founded by the Yaqui Indians around the turn of the century.

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In June, an underwater field of seagrass was discovered near Shark Bay Australia. Seagrass spreads out its roots and creates new ones. Basically, it clones its DNA to create a replica. Scientists study it by taking different samples from different places and they are almost the same.

The biggest plant is 112 miles wide. It seemed to be incredible, it was exquisite and I like the sea. I am sharing my knowledge because I found it very interesting.

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After being the first person to run from Disneyland to Disney World last year, Don Muchow recently participated in the College of the Florida Keys’ Swim Around Key West.

 Muchow, 60, ran the marathon to raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes and did the same with the Key West swim. He is not the first person with Type 1 diabetes to compete in the swim—his friend and swim mentor, Karen, has completed a solo 12.5- mile swim around Key West. Karen also has Type 1 diabetes.

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 Imagine being able to connect to reliable, high speed hotspots all around Pima County; for free. Thanks to Pima County Public Library in partnership with Cox, there are now 70 available hotspots that are completely free. Fifty more will be released during mid- July 2022. These hotspots can be found all over Pima County in places such as libraries, Boys & Girls clubs, parks, and community centers.

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 This July is going to be plastic free. Plastic Free July started in 2011. It means that this July we should be using less plastic. This can help stop the amount of pollution. Anyone can do the challenge of Plastic Free July.

Nine percent of plastic has been recycled. The other 91% is in landfills and oceans. Plastic Free July was invented by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz. According to plasticfreejuly.org,  “Rebecca believes that as individuals, by changing our relationship with plastic and challenging our consumption, together we can work towards a world without plastic waste.”

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 “In the Desert Every Drop Counts” is the City of Phoenix phrase to invite us to be more careful in the ways we use water.

What things can you do to not waste water?

For example, each time you brush your teeth, you should turn off the faucet while brushing. This way, you don’t waste about 16 liters of water a minute. I just learned this from the City of Phoenix website.

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 Did you know that at your local Lowe’s and Home Depot stores you can obtain a wood project every month? And best of all, it’s free! Find someone at Customer Service who will give you a kid’s workshop kit to make at home. You will need your own hammer, Phillips screwdriver, and paint. The stores will provide everything else including instructions.

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 You are driving on the freeway and approach a semi-truck; but as you look closer, you see there is NO DRIVER! What would you do if you saw that? It might become the future of driving, and may be sooner than you think.

TuSimple is a provider of autonomous freight semi-truck solutions, and has said its technology will be operational by 2024, according to Forbes. (TuSimple has its headquarters in San Diego, and offices in Arizona and Texas).

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Young Reporters had the chance to interview wildland firefighter Andrea McKenna. She is in her sixth season as a wildland firefighter and engine boss, and has been an EMT since 2014. McKenna shared many of the tools and techniques that firefighters use.

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