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As far debuts go the Desert Vista boys basketball team and first-year coach Tony Darden set the standard pretty high.
Three Scouts from Chandler and Mesa recently achieved the Boy Scouts of America’s Eagle Scout rank, something few Boy Scouts achieve.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A series of colorful, eerie faces painted on rocks in some of the West's most famously picturesque landscapes has sparked an investigation by the National Park Service and a furor online.
Agents so far have confirmed the images in Yosemite and four other national parks in California, Utah and Oregon. Park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olson said the vandalism could lead to felony charges for the person responsible.
The images appear to come from a New York state woman traveling across the West this summer and documenting her work on Instagram and Tumblr, said Casey Schreiner of modernhiker.com, whose blog post tipped off authorities.
The investigation is the subject of well-trafficked threads on the website Reddit, where people railed against the drawings as the defacing of irreplaceable natural landscapes.
"You're seeing this emotional response of people who feel like they've been kicked in the gut," Schreiner said.
It's not the first time vandalism in parks has been documented on social media. Last year in Utah, two Boy Scout leaders caused an online uproar when they recorded themselves toppling an ancient rock formation at Goblin Valley State Park and posted it on YouTube.
But in this case, the woman appears to consider the work an artistic expression, Schreiner said.
One photograph online showed a painting of a woman's face on a rock outcropping against the panoramic sweep of Oregon's Crater Lake National Park. In another, a backpack-size line drawing of a woman smoking a cigarette appears on red rock in Utah's Zion.
The images appear to have been painted with acrylic paint or drawn with marker, Schreiner said.
He took screen shots Tuesday of seven images that appeared on Instagram and Tumblr accounts under the handle "creepytings." The accounts later were made private or taken down.
The Associated Press is not naming the woman associated with the accounts because she hasn't been charged with a crime. Efforts to reach her Thursday were not successful.
Artists who work in natural environments typically consider who owns the land and get permission to work there, said Monty Paret, an associate professor of art history at the University of Utah. The earthwork "Spiral Jetty" sculpture on the shore of the Great Salt Lake, for example, is on land leased from the state.
The images that surfaced this week look more like graffiti, Paret said.
"As opposed to tagging in a back alley, it's like tagging an iconic building," he said. "It's going to get a lot more attention."
National parks agents have confirmed the vandalism in Yosemite and Death Valley National Parks in California, Canyonlands and Zion in Utah, and Crater Lake in Oregon.
Investigators also are looking for vandalism in other places the woman's social media trail indicates she visited: Joshua Tree, Sequoia and Kings Canyon in California; Rocky Mountain in Colorado; Bryce Canyon in Utah; and Grand Canyon in Arizona.
Crater Lake superintendent Craig Ackerman said bad weather has kept staff from going to the painting there, which is at an elevation of about 9,000 feet. Though rangers typically remove graffiti to discourage others, sometimes cleaning it causes even more damage, he said.
Vandalism is a small but persistent problem for the Park Service, which welcomes about 280 million visitors a year, Olson said.
It typically is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and a year in prison. But vandalism in national parks can be a felony if the damage is extensive or in specially protected places, he said.
Associated Press writer Jeff Barnard in Grants Pass, Oregon, contributed to this report.
Rotary started in February 1905 when Chicago lawyer Paul Harris and three friends met after dinner. The idea was to have a new club in which businessmen could get together periodically to get better acquainted. They rotated their meetings each week to the business of a member. Over the next few years Rotary transformed into a civic service club, spread across the United States and then around the world. Eventually Rotary came to Arizona and in 1914, the 100th Rotary Club was organized in Phoenix.
The city of Chandler has scheduled its inaugural scout jamboree for Oct. 3 that will serve Boy and Girl scouts.
Gilbert Mayor John Lewis said there are three concepts that get at the heart of what the town is about: family, faith and freedom.
Boy Scout Pack 482 members JD Hatch, Ridge Ziegler and Drake Peterson took a tour of the East Valley Tribune office on Sept. 2. [Eric Mungenast/Tribune]
Who is Arizona State University Police Officer Stewart Ferrin, the officer who has been accused of abusing ASU Professor Ersula Ore?
The Chandler Police Department will be hosting a Merit Badge clinic for local Boy Scouts on July 1st from 8 a.m. to noon. Scouts will be able to visit ten stations in the clinic focusing on traffic safety in relation to law enforcement.
Arizona School Administrators, Inc. named Superintendent Dr. Michael Cowan of
A Chandler man was arrested at his home and is accused of driving a 14-year-old boy from Massachusetts to Arizona and having sex with him, according to a police report.
The high school season on the diamond came to an end prematurely, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few gems this year.
Dozens of volunteers work tirelessly at Helen’s Hope Chest, Mesa United Way’s free clothing, school supply, book and clothing “store” for foster children. It’s a rewarding, enriching experience, and they love to share stories.
A tour of Michael Pollack’s three museums show a man who revels in a past that started well before his entry into the world. One is loaded with memorabilia from bygone days, things that used to linger behind the glass panes on department storefronts to convert window shoppers into spenders. A couple other pieces have a “one of these things is not like the others” ring to it given their relative modernity, like the mini statue of Sonic the Hedgehog.
Boy Scouts wait for the honorees during "Operation Welcome Home Chandler" at Chandler City Hall on Monday, April 21, 2014.
Boy and Girl Scouts walk to the ceremony after greeting the nominees during "Operation Welcome Home Chandler" at Chandler City Hall on Monday, April 21, 2014.
Several neighborhoods in Gilbert now look a little prettier thanks to some Saturday-morning efforts of a local Boy Scout and more than 30 of his cohorts.
NEW YORK — It's been a year since Sheryl Sandberg came out with "Lean In," her best-selling manifesto for working women. Since then, over 1.75 million copies have been sold; the book's out in 28 languages, and will be in eight more by the end of 2014 (a deal was just made for a Kurdish edition.)
Seventeen scouts and 10 leaders from Boy Scout Unit 507 joined Bryson Jones, front, in painting 60 fire hydrants for his Eagle project on March 29. [Photo by Valliere Jones]
The Mesa FamilySearch Library will host a free presentation about how the United States Colonies were originally populated by English convicts.
NEW YORK — Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg and the Girl Scouts recently declared a campaign to "Ban Bossy," complete with Beyonce, Jane Lynch and Condoleezza Rice on video, a website full of tips and thousands of fans who pledged to stamp out that B word for girls.
A Mesa family is trying to find purpose in their pain, after their 11-year-old son drowned in a canal near their home.
The force has been strong with Jedi Jack Welch in his two-year fight against leukemia. The name comes from his love of the popular film franchise, and his family and friends have used the little Jedi’s love of all things “Star Wars” to rally around him in his fight against cancer.
Authorities say the body of an 11-year-old boy who went missing Saturday morning has been found in a Mesa canal.