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4th of July Weekend Welcomes New Freedoms for Arizona Microbreweries

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Arizona’s growing craft beer industry had some newly won liberty to celebrate over the 4th of July weekend, as a law giving more latitude to small producers went into effect July 3. SB1030, popularly known as the “Arizona Beer Bill,” was signed into law in April, after extensive campaigning by breweries, beer drinkers and small business supporters. It has two major provisions: First, it allows small breweries to increase production (up to 200,000 barrels a year) under a microbrewer license, and to operate up to seven retail shops. Second, it allows breweries to carry one another’s beers on tap. That will essentially allow breweries to cross-promote and sell more beer, as well as offer more choices to Arizona’s beer aficionados. Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in the U.S., and it’s even more popular among younger drinkers getting...

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Tuscon Tea Room Closes, but More Business Opportunities Open Up for Owner

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Opening a small business is no easy feat, and no one knows that better than Tamara Read. Closing it, however, it also heart-breaking. Read was the owner of the Chatilly Tea Room in Tuscon, AZ, for the past 13 years. But the quaint Victorian business will serve its final cup of tea on August 13. A boutique which is also part of the business will remain open until September 12. Read, who opened the business at age 33, had worked in bakeries, for the Red Cross in Southern Arizona and at an assisted living facility before she opened her business. Read’s vision for the business was to create a proper Victorian tea room, despite living among adobe houses in the Southwest desert. But Read’s business flourished for years, and she was well prepared for business ownership even when she...

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ASU Researchers Discover Point on the Way Toward Crack-Resistant Metals

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Sometimes it’s only by looking at things on a smaller scale that scientists can solve the world’s biggest problems. That’s the approach taken by Arizona State University professor Karl Sieradzki and his team, whose recent study has revealed important new information about the stress-corrosion cracks that form in metal alloy pipes used to transport water, fossil fuels and natural gas — and the alloys used in nuclear power plants and aerospace frameworks. These components are often subject to so-called “season cracking” that can threaten their integrity and present a serious engineering challenge. The researchers used ultra-high-speed photography to observe how stress-corrosion fractures form in a silver/gold alloy. They found that cracks moved at around 200 meters per second, a speed that would be expected only in a brittle material such as glass. The result is particularly surprising, Sieradzki explained,...

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What’s Driving Campers Away From The Grand Canyon State?

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

One Tucson-area campground is trying to turn one of their biggest obstacles to attracting visitors into fuel for family fun this summer. This June, a Kampground of America location in Tucson broke ground on new 28-foot solar structures that will provide both shade for campers and help power facilities. In addition, the campground will provide solar power to guests with large RVs parked at the site, while excess electricity will be diverted back into the Tucson power grid. PowerParasol is a Chandler solar power company that previously installed large solar panel installations for Arizona State University’s parking structures. Bob Boscamp, president of PowerParasol’s parent company, says the Arizona sun and heat keep many visitors away from the campground during the summer, and that his company was hired to provide a creative solution. In 2011, more than 42 million Americans...

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Publisher’s Clearing House Scam Steals $3,500 From Elderly Arizonian

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Yavapai County authorities report that a Publisher’s Clearing House scam has stolen $3,500 from a 77-year-old Chino Valley resident. On June 15, the elderly man reported that he’d received a call from a number with an 876 area code. The suspect said that the man had won a Publisher’s Clearing House contest, and needed to send $3,500 for “processing fees” in order to claim his winnings. The man went to the bank, got a cashier’s check, and sent the money to the Wisconsin address he’d been given before realizing that he’d been scammed. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is now reminding Arizonians that any number beginning with an 876 area code will probably involve a scam. This sort of scam is quite common. Sweepstakes have to be free to enter. Sometimes, contests may ask participants to submit a photo,...

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