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Are Arizona’s Farmers Prepared for a Water Shortage?

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

At an event on Tuesday, June 9, Gov. Doug Ducey offered praise for Arizona’s past water planning and conservation efforts while also urging the importance of addressing water levels in Lake Mead, which continue to drop. According to the Arizona Daily Star, Ducey also reinforced the need for federally-financed water saving efforts to help avoid over-tapping the Colorado River. “Uncertainty and vulnerability surrounding our water supply remain,” Ducey explanied. “Despite the uncertainties, vulnerabilities and challenges we face, Arizona does not face an immediate crisis. And we won’t, as long as we follow the examples of those before us: good planning, good management and good policy.” But are Arizona’s farms — 97% of which are family-owned and operated — ready to cut down on their water usage? Currently, irrigated agriculture accounts for approximately 70% of Arizona’s water use, but experts...

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The Battle For Marijuana Legalization Blazes in Arizona

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Many people in Arizona have already begun a campaign to legalize marijuana. Proponents are working hard to collect enough signatures to get it on the ballot in 2016. There’s just one issue. Matforce, a substance abuse coalition, has put up billboards warning that using marijuana could be dangerous. One billboard near the highway I-17 claims, “Regular long-term marijuana use, lowers IQ, marijuana harmless? Think again.” Another says “Would your child know if this cookie has pot in it?” Some believe that the billboards are an effort to oppose the ballot initiative to legalize marijuana, but Matforce claims they’re not against it. The group insists they’re only focused on youth substance abuse. Whatever their intention, the billboards are definitely going to influence the public. According to PsyBlog, the human brain analyzes and stores visual information many times faster than anything...

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Surprise Senior Living Community Allows Its Residents to Own Pets

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

For the millions of seniors across the country who live independently, life can quickly become lonely, stressful and even painful. And while there are medications one can take to help with these feelings, scientific research has proven the many benefits seniors can enjoy by living with a pet. By simply living with a companion animal, whether it’s a cat, dog or other animal, people are instantly less stressed, lonely and sad. In response to these findings, Orchard Pointe Assisted Living and Memory Support in Surprise has begun to allow its residents to own a furry or feathered friend; it’s one of a growing number of senior living communities to encourage pet ownership. Orchard Pointe doesn’t even charge a monthly pet fee. “Not only does the pet provide companionship, but it also stimulates socialization amongst the owner and other residents,”...

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Why Arizona Ranks Fifth in the Nation for Most Money Lost to Internet Scams

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

A new federal report has revealed that Arizona ranks fifth in the nation in terms of money lost to Internet scams last year. According to a May 23 AZ Central article, the federal Internet Crime Complaint Center, which produced the report, found that Arizonans lost approximately $25 million throughout 2014 to various Internet scams. The Internet Crime Complaint Center works with the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center to aid in investigating cyber crimes against the public. Women aged 40 to 49 were most likely to be targeted by scammers, the agency found; this group lost an estimated $7.6 million total. The majority of Arizona complaints made to the Internet Crime Complaint Center came from residents over the age of 60. And while Arizona ranked fifth in the amount of money it lost to scams, it only...

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Apple Solar Panels Catch Fire As Battle Erupts Over Energy Rates

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Arizona media is ablaze with news about solar energy this week, as Mesa firefighters responded to a fire of rooftop solar panels at an Apple plant. More than 100 firefighters were required to control the blaze, which collapsed part of the roof. And the Apple fire wasn’t the only jolt felt this week because of solar energy. Solar advocates in Arizona are once again battling their utility companies, which have proposed controversial new ways to reimburse customers who produce their own energy through solar panels. The Tucson Electric Power company and the Arizona Public Service utility say their new proposals make the energy policy more equitable for everyone, but Arizona solar advocates say it’s an attack on self-generators. “Customers who install distributed generation, like rooftop solar, do use the grid — 24 hours a day. But because of a...

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Home Décor Superstore Coming to Arizona

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Home décor superstore At Home is finally coming to Arizona, with the first of its stores opening in the Arizona Mills mall in Tempe, but will a new selection of décor really be the solution couples need? Or does it take more than the actual furnishings to make décor work? “At Home is a new brand venture from [At Home’s parent company] Garden Ridge and it’s going to give shoppers really a greater selection of home décor than ever before,” said Arizona Mills general manager David Johnston. Although it has no online shopping component, At Home does offer an impressive selection of housewares, decorative accents, wall art, rugs, room furnishings, and patio furnishings for shoppers on a budget. The new store will occupy 105,000 square feet in Tempe’s discount mall, replacing the JC Penney Outlet that closed last year....

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