News Briefs: Tuesday, January 4, 2011


The Arizona Department of Transportation will close the bridge over Interstate 40 at Highway 95 from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday for the final cleaning and striping of the newly resurfaced bridge deck.

Motorists traveling south to Lake Havasu City on Highway 95 from westbound I-40 will be detoured seven miles to the Needle Mountain Traffic Interchange, Exit 2. Drivers traveling northbound on 95 to westbound I-40 will be detoured four miles to the Franconia Road Traffic Interchange, Exit 13.

To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at or call 5-1-1.


Looking for help to quit smoking in the new year. The Arizona Smokers' Helpline (ASHLine) is taking calls.

"We know quitting smoking is hard. We also know New Year's is a great time to quit," said Stephen Michael the director of ASHLine. "The Arizona Smokers' Helpline has experienced people on the phones to help Arizonans who make their New Year's Resolution to quit." The free statewide program not only provides phone counselors to help people through the daily challenges of quitting, but can help people get low cost medication or free gum, patches and lozenges to help them quit.

ASHLine offers free telephone coaching at (800) 556-6222 and free online coaching at


MedCath Corporation, the parent company of Kingman's Hualapai Mountain Medical Center, has announced the completion of the sale of TexSan Heart Hospital in San Antonio.

The hospital was sold Methodist Healthcare Systems of San Antonio for $78.5 million.

This is the fifth hospital the company has sold since it formed a strategic operations committee to consider the sale of either the entire company or its assets. The other hospitals include Arizona Heart Hospital, Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota, Heart Hospital of Austin, Southwest Arizona Heart and Vascular.