MATForce celebrates the life of volunteer Bob Farster
MATForce, Yavapai County’s substance abuse coalition, will be celebrating the life of one of its volunteers. On September 28th, 62 year old Robert Farster was crossing Gail Gardner Way in Prescott when he was hit in his motorized wheelchair by a truck. He died from his injuries at Flagstaff Medical Center last Saturday. MATForce representatives say as a volunteer with the organization, Farster reached over 12 thousand, 800 youth and adults with his personal story about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. In his 11 years of service to the community, he participated in almost 580 presentations in schools and youth detention centers and to civic organizations. His memorial service will be held at 11 tomorrow morning at Heritage Memory Mortuary, located on Grove Avenue in Prescott.
Solutions needed for wildfires.
Congressman Paul Gosar is pushing for solutions to the threat of dangerous wildfires. The National Interagency Fire Center reports there have been more than 50 thousand wildfires that have burned over 8 million acres so far this year. The Forest Service has already spent 2.3 billion dollars on suppression costs this fiscal year alone. Congressman Gosar is joining his colleagues in pressing for passage of the Resilient Federal Forest Act. Gosar calls this a personal issue. Gosar describes what the Resilient Federal Forest Act would do. The bill aims to combat dangerous wildfires before they start. Gosar says the movie “Only the Brave,” which tells the story of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire in June 2013, is a good example of why this bill needs to become law. “Only the Brave” opens in 2 weeks. Congressman Gosar discussed the continued threat of wildfires yesterday morning.