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News Log 11/21/2019 Arizona Local News & Sports



-Nabisco Cheddar Cheese Nips Recall-

Heads up, consumers: Mondelēz Global LLC is recalling some boxes of Cheese Nips over concerns the products are contaminated with “foreign material.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a recall notice to its website on Wednesday. In the notice, the federal agency said the recall was initiated “due to the potential presence of small food-grade yellow plastic pieces” in the product. The plastic pieces came from a dough scraper “that was incorporated into the production process of a small amount of product,” per the release. “The company became aware of this issue when yellow plastic pieces were noticed on the manufacturing equipment,” continues the notice.  The recall only affects a small batch of Cheese Nips, specifically 11-ounce boxes with the UPC code 044000034535 and with “Best By” dates of May 18, 2020, May 19, 2020, and May 20, 2020. No illnesses or injuries related to the recall have been reported to date, said the FDA.  Consumers who purchased the affected product should refrain from consuming it, and discard it. Anyone with further questions regarding the recall is asked to contact the company at 1-844-366-1171

Bicyclist dies in Phoenix

A bicyclist died after being struck by a vehicle Thursday morning near Bethany Home Road and Central Avenue, according to Phoenix police.

Phoenix police received a report around 3:15 a.m. about a crash involving a bicyclist crossing Bethany Home Road who was hit by an oncoming vehicle, according to Phoenix police

The bicyclist was taken to a hospital and died, police said.

Police have not identified the bicyclist.

The driver remained at the scene, and impairment was determined not to be a factor in this collision.

Christmas tree shortage means more expensive trees this year

PORTLAND, Ore. — If you thought it was tough last year to find an affordable Christmas tree, get ready to do some work this season.

Christmas tree prices are going up as supply is going way down.

In fact, some longtime Christmas tree farms in Oregon have shut down because of lack of trees.

For the first time, the historic Kirchem Farm will not be selling Christmas trees at all this year.  The farm is facing a tree shortage like it’s never experienced before.

It does not have enough trees over five feet to sell.

It’s the result of a shortage of seedlings eight to 10 years ago and the dry, hot summers of 2017 and 2018, which destroyed thousands of younger trees.

“We’ve had families that have brought their kids back here for their whole life. The kids have grown up coming here,” said farm owner Cher Tollefson.

Oregon State University Christmas tree expert Chal Landgren knows of a number of Christmas tree farms that have shut down for good this year.

And Oregon is not alone.

“Across the country we’re in the same boat, North Carolina is the second biggest producer and they’re having a bit of a shortage as well,” said Landgren.

In addition to struggling with drought, Christmas tree growers are facing a labor shortage, so many are moving to less labor intensive crops like hazelnuts and grass seed.

Landgren expects sellers won’t hesitate to raise prices. As a result, those who want to find a u-cut Christmas tree this season will have to shop around, make some calls and perhaps seek out new farms.

And they should be prepared to pay more. In some cases that could be $20 more per tree.

Christmas tree permits from the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest are still available for 15.00 Click Here for a Link to the Website


1st Annual Turkey Shoot

Posted today by Mindy M Ohlson on Facebook announcing the first annual contest.

Big Truck – Big Mistake

Photo by Ernest Delgado

When you Miss your turn and try to make a U-turn and get stuck in the ditch. Guess this driver did not have his GPS on !!!


·         1783

With the Marquis d’Arlandes, Pilâtre de Rozier made the first free flight in a balloon, reaching a peak altitude of about 3,000 ft and traveling about 5 1/2 mi in 20 min.

·         1789

North Carolina became the 12th state.

·         1922

Georgia’s Rebecca Felton was sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman U.S. Senator.

·         1934

Cole Porter’s musical Anything Goes opened in New York City.

·         1969

For the first time since 1930, the U.S. Senate rejected a Supreme Court nominee, Clement Haynsworth.

·         1973

The 18 1/2 min gap in the Richard Nixon Watergate tapes was revealed.

·         1991

Egypt’s Boutros Boutros-Ghali was chosen to become secretary-general by the UN Security Council.


-Thursday Night Football-

Rarely is “Thursday Night Football” must-see television, but this week’s episode should be appointment viewing as the Indianapolis Colts head to Houston to take on the Houston Texans. The Colts and Texans, both 6-4, are tied for the top spot in the AFC South after Indy’s thumping of Jacksonville and Houston’s disastrous performance against the Ravens. Needless to say, the playoff implications on the line are of the utmost importance for both teams.

It was only a month ago that these two teams met in the Circle City and Jacoby Brissett had his best career outing. Brissett dissected the Texans’ defense by throwing for 326 yards and four touchdowns in a 30-26 win, the Colts’ fourth in the teams’ last five meetings. Deshaun Watson and company will try to even the season series at a game apiece and take a full game lead over their division rival on short rest.

Indianapolis at Houston

Kickoff: Thursday, Nov. 21 at 8:20 p.m. ET

TV: FOX/NFL Network

Spread: Houston -3.5

Three Things to Watch

1. Missing Marlon Mack

Looking at last week’s box score, you’d almost forget that Colts star receiver T.Y. Hilton was missing in action, thanks to Mack and the running game trampling the Jaguars for 264 yards at 7.3 per attempt. Mack finished the game with 109 yards and one heck of a 13-yard touchdown scamper in the first quarter, but the feel-goodery was short-lived as Mack exited in the third quarter with a hand fracture.

Mack underwent surgery on Monday, and although the injury isn’t expected to be season-ending, he will most definitely miss Thursday’s contest against a Houston defense that allowed a near-franchise-record (the wrong kind) 263 rushing yards against Baltimore last week. Receiving the bulk of Mack’s touches will likely be Jonathan Williams. Williams, a fourth-year back from Arkansas, entered last week’s game with one yard to his name on the season but added 116 more by day’s end on just 13 carries. He will likely split time with Nyheim Hines, who comes into Thursday night with just 25 carries for 77 yards, but has been a bigger presence in the passing game (30 rec., 242 yds.).

With no Mack and Hilton’s status uncertain, look for head coach Frank Reich to get creative to pick up yards against the Texans’ D.

2. Houston’s O-line troubles back?

The Texans’ offensive line is like a bad ex. Just when you think they’ve changed for the better, they can’t hold their blocks and your heart gets broken all over again — except last week it was Deshaun Watson who needed a healing pint of ice cream and a good hug, not you. After a rough first two weeks, Houston’s front line seemed to have fixed their oft-covered protection issues, as Watson was only sacked seven times in five games. It was no coincidence that the Texans won four of those five games and Watson threw his way into the MVP conversation.

Just when we were ready to welcome back our former significant other back into our hearts, the O-line allowed the Ravens’ mediocre pass rush (23 sacks, 23rd in the NFL) sack Watson seven times with 10 total quarterback hits. Sunday’s 41-7 thud was the seventh time in the last two seasons that defenses have gotten to Watson six or more times. Sure, we should have known better, and Watson held on to the ball too long at times, but the Texans’ O-line promised they had changed!

With Laremy Tunsil still nursing an injured shoulder that caused him to miss two games this season already, look for Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus to unleash on Houston’s weary line.

3. The playoff picture

The following won’t have to do with Thursday night’s X’s and O’s so much as it has to do with the implications of the game’s outcome and the bigger playoff picture at hand in the AFC. There might not be a more impactful game to the greater playoff picture for the rest of the season than this game.

It’s simple. If the Colts win to sweep the season series against Houston, they’ll lead the AFC South by a game over the Texans. An Indy win will also give the Colts the tiebreaker advantage against Houston, putting them in the driver’s seat toward hosting a home playoff game and possibly setting up a rematch of last year’s Wild Card Weekend game against the Texans as well… depending on how the AFC West shakes out between the Chiefs and Raiders.

Still with me?

Now, if the Texans win, things get a little more complicated. In that case, they would hold the tiebreaker advantage over Indy based on their two-game advantage against common opponents (Chargers, Raiders) and records against AFC opponents (6-2 vs. 5-5), despite both teams have the same record against divisional foes (3-1) and splitting the season series. A Houston win would also badly damage the Colts’ chances of attaining a wild-card spot, as they would lose a different tiebreaker between the Raiders and Steelers.

Final Analysis

One team (Indianapolis) is riding high after a huge divisional win but remains short-handed offensively, while another (Houston) is feeling battered after taking a beating from the hottest team in the NFL. And both teams are on an obnoxiously short week. For me, Thursday night comes down to how Deshaun Watson rebounds from Sunday’s 169-yards-and-a-pick performance against a middling Baltimore defense. If we see the Watson that was playing at an MVP level a few weeks ago, Houston could take advantage of a limping Colts offense.

Prediction: Texans 22, Colts 20

— Written by Jake Rose, who is a part of the Athlon Sports Contributor Network.