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Ford Ironman Arizona Draws Over 2,500 Athletes

By Tasha Silverhorn
Au-Authm Action News

On November 20, more than 2,500 athletes ranging in age from 18 to 74 gathered at Tempe Town Lake to undergo a test of strength and endurance: the eighth annual Ford Ironman Arizona triathlon. The athletes faced a challenging course consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run. The water course was a loop through Tempe Town Lake, and then the entrants biked three loops through Tempe, up the Beeline Highway to Shea Boulevard, and back to Tempe Beach Park. In the final leg of the competition, athletes ran a full marathon, making three loops around Tempe Town Lake and through Papago Park.

 
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SRPD New Chief of Police Comes With Experience and Professionalism

By Tasha Silverhorn
Au-Authm Action News

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has a new chief of police. Patrick Melvin took over the reins at the Salt River Police Department (SRPD) on November 7. Melvin comes to the Community with 21 years of experience in public service.

 

Rockies Build a Bike for Salt River Children’s Foundation

By Richie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News

During the evening of November 10 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 200 members of the Colorado Rockies baseball organization came together as a team to build 40 youth-sized bicycles. They came from Colorado, and some even came from around the world. Working in groups of four or five, they took parts out of boxes and started assembling them. The bicycles will go to the Salt River Community Children’s Foundation, which will distribute them to families in need during the Christmas holiday.

 

Dotty Spears Looks Forward to Retirement

By Richie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News

Dotty Spears will retire in the spring from her position with the University of Arizona’s Cooperative Extension program. Spears came to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in March 2002 as part of a grant-funded program to teach Community children skills in nutrition and gardening. She has worked with the Youth Services Department and the Boys & Girls Club Red Mountain and Lehi branches, and also hosted various gardening, nutrition and youth skills programs with the Salt River Recreation Department.