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Organization to plant 4,100 trees in honor of Cards touchdowns

PHOENIX -- A total of 4,100 Ponderosa pine trees will be planted in Northern Arizona, thanks to the Arizona Cardinals.

The Salt River Project (SRP) teamed up with the NFL team and agreed to plant 100 trees for every touchdown this season. The trees will be planted in Arizona forests destroyed by wildfires.

Patty Garcia-Likens with SRP said it's a win-win for everyone.

"While we had fans who were cheering on the Cardinals, we also had fans who were cheering on the fact that we were able to help with the reforestation of our forest," Garcia-Likens said. "What those trees can do is they can help remove carbon dioxide from the air and they store carbon in their plant tissues and they produce oxygen for the environment."

SRP customers can also help out. Adding a $3 donation to their monthly bill will also help fund the planting of trees.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.


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