10 Aug

November 8 2002 The olive trees at Arcosanti are

first_imgNovember 8, 2002 The olive trees atArcosanti are all descendents of a rescue mission in the early 1960’s.Camelback Road in Phoenix was widened and the olive trees lining thestreet were to be removed. Soleri and the Cosanti staff rescued a fewof the trees and planted them at Cosanti. From those trees, Solerisuccessfully propagated hundreds of new ones to fill the landscapingneeds for Cosanti and Arcosanti. The October workshop spent a morning with the landscapingdepartment harvesting this years crop of rich black olives in the MindsGarden. [Photo: nk & text: sa] Workshopper NancyHackenmiller is picking olives in front of the vaults. [Photo: nk &text: sa] Workshopper StevenTalcott is checking the crop. The next step will be to pierce the skinof each olive to help release the bitterness. The olives are soakedtwice in a salt brine for 2 – 3 month each. Then resident RandallSchultz takes over the rest of the process at his company ‘High DesertFarms’. High Desert Farms is located in Cordes Lakes and providesdelicious canned and dried goods to shops all over the country. Therethe olives are pulled out of the brine, rinsed thoroughly, sorted bysize and color and then canned with various herbs and spices. They aresold at the ArcosantiGallery and Visitors Center and used at special dinners at theArcosanti Cafe. [Photo: nk & text: sa]last_img read more

9 Aug

Rep Griffin bill mutilation ban package advance to governor

first_img20Jun Rep. Griffin bill, mutilation ban package advance to governor Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Beth Griffin, which would give victims of female genital mutilation the ability to receive significant civil damages, will advance to governor’s desk for review after today’s final House vote.Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls to remove or damage the external genitalia. Griffin’s bill is part of a bipartisan eight-bill legislative package that prohibits the act, sets sentencing guidelines, improves educational programs for health and law enforcement officials, and extends the criminal statute of limitations for victims.Specifically, her bill allows FGM survivors to recover up to three times actual damages, including non-monetary damage costs and attorney fees, during a civil case.“The punishment for mutilating a child must be significant, whether it involves a prison sentence, losing a medical license or sizable financial damages,” Griffin said. “That’s why this legislative package is taking a strong and wide-ranging approach to preventing FGM, punishing those who commit these despicable acts, as well as giving victims a voice and civil recourse.”The legislation follows a February incident when two young girls from Minnesota were subjected to the procedure at a southeast Michigan clinic. A Livonia couple was arrested on federal charges in April for allowing and performing the procedure after hours at their medical clinic, while a third individual was fired from their emergency room doctor position for performing the procedure at the same Livonia clinic.Over the past two weeks, House and Senate committees and full chambers have moved quickly to advance the legislation with today’s concurrence vote as the final step before review by Gov. Rick Snyder.“We must protect our children, especially from the possibility of enduring the physical pain and emotional damage this procedure can bring with it,” said Griffin, of Mattawan. “I was pleased to work with a bipartisan group of legislators to help ensure a future for young girls in Michigan safe from this barbaric act.”##### Categories: Griffin News,Newslast_img read more