AZ gas-price bump won’t last, AAA says

Arizona gas prices rose slightly this week, even as the nationwide average dropped, according to the latest figures from AAA Arizona.

The statewide average price for a gallon of regular gas rose just less than a penny this week, to $3.40 per gallon on Friday. The nationwide average shed about 4 cents to $3.54.

Tucson held on to the state’s lowest average gas price, at $3.30 per gallon, up about a penny from last week. Flagstaff had the highest average price at $3.63 on Friday.

The slight bump in Arizona gas prices this week is likely to be short-lived, as tensions in Syria wane and seasonal price declines set in, AAA said.

Workplace challenge open for nominations

The fourth annual “Arizona’s Greenest Workplace Challenge,” hosted by green-living advocate and Internet radio host Gina Murphy-Darling, is open for nominations.

Individuals can nominate their own business, their employer or any Arizona company or organization for its efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle in the workplace and provide a healthy environment for employees.

There will be two winners selected. The Greenest Workplace winner will be chosen by a panel of statewide advocates in the green movement and announced on Sept. 27. A People’s Choice Award will be chosen by online voters, and announced the same day.

The Greenest Workplace winner will receive a private tour and lunch for up to 20 employees at the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2, as well as 20 Mrs. Green S’well beverage bottles and 20 Mrs. Green reusable shopping bags. The People’s Choice Award winner will get lunch hosted by Whole Foods, 20 Buffalo Exchange gift certificates and 20 gift certificates.

To nominate a business, go to before midnight Friday, Sept. 20.

Phoenix job fair

has 400 positions

Arizona’s apartment industry will host a job fair in Phoenix next month to help fill hundreds of open positions created by the industry’s expansion, The Arizona Republic reports.

The Arizona Multihousing Association will host the event from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at the west building of the Phoenix Convention Center.

More than 20 companies will conduct interviews for more than 400 open positions. Firms are hiring for a range of positions, including leasing staff and maintenance personnel. All applicants are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their résumés.

Employers scheduled to participate include: Greystar, Fairfield Residential, HSL Residential, P.B. Bell Cos., Mark-Taylor Residential, Allison-Shelton Real Estate Services, Alliance Residential, MC Cos., Camden, MEB Management Services, Weidner and Equity Residential.

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Contract transferred for AZ thinning project

FLAGSTAFF — A massive thinning project in Northern Arizona is now in the hands of another contractor.

The U.S. Forest Service announced Friday that it has approved the transfer from Pioneer Forest Products to Good Earth Power AZ LLC.

Pioneer was selected in 2012 to thin 300,000 acres as part of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative. But the Montana-based company had trouble with financing and asked the Forest Service if the contract could be transferred to a potential buyer.

The Forest Service says it determined that Good Earth is financially and technically sound to carry out the work.

Good Earth says it has no experience with forest restoration in the Southwest, but that it has brought on an undisclosed forest management company that does. Good Earth’s work primarily has been overseas.

Local and wire reports