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PHOENIX (AP) — The National Weather Service says 2014 was the warmest year on record for Phoenix.
A Chandler father admitted to forcing his teenage son to sleep in the backyard as a form of discipline, according to court records.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Gates are now unlocked and tape has been taken down in much of northern Arizona's Oak Creek Canyon with the reopening of many areas that were closed nearly three months because of a major wildfire.
That's good news for visitors and businesses alike, the Arizona Daily Sun reported.
The threat of flooding prompted the Forest Service to close its land within the canyon in July, but most developed recreation sites, vehicle pullouts, swimming holes and hiking trails reopened last week.
The heaviest monsoon rains skirted the area during late summer, so there was little flooding.
Operators of businesses serving visitors are pleased to have the canyon reopened.
"It's starting to feel like a normal fall," said Frank Garrison, owner of The Butterfly Garden Inn and a critic of the closure.
Much of the canyon located between Sedona and Flagstaff wasn't scarred by the nearly 33-square-mile Slide Fire, but thousands of acres inside the canyon and above its rims were.
"There was a time when a lot of us in Sedona were weeping thinking it was lost," said Web Middleton, a Sedona photographer.
Middleton recently prowled a trail in the canyon to capture the forest as it starts to regrow. Ferns and grasses are springing up around blackened tree trunks, while other frees appear untouched by fire.
"It's remarkable how intact it is," Middleton said.
Recovery efforts included targeted seeding in mulching in severely burned areas.
It'll take about three areas for grass and shrubs in areas that weren't mulched and seeded to begin functioning like a normal ecosystem, said Rory Steinke, assistant team leader for the response effort.
It'll take decades longer for the trees to start to recover, Steinke said.
While the popular West Fork trail was relatively unharmed, the A.B. Young trail will be closed for two or three years for completion of repairs, Steinke said.
Arizona business owners and residents affected by flooding earlier this month can apply for federal loans.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona business owners and residents affected by flooding earlier this month can apply for federal loans.
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Thursday that low-interest disaster loans are available for Arizonans who sustained extensive damage from monsoon storms that hit Sept. 8.
SBA administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet says the agency declared the area a disaster in response to a request made by Gov. Jan Brewer on Tuesday.
The loan program will be offered to residents in Maricopa County and several neighboring counties.
Officials say the loans, which go up to $200,000, are for homeowners, renters, private businesses and nonprofits.
SBA representatives will be at designated Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Phoenix, Mesa and Glendale through next week to answer questions.
The filing deadline for applications is Dec. 1.
Mesa senior halfback Turrell Pietz-Noble ran all over the field against Valley Vista, but it wasn’t enough for the Jackrabbits to avoid a 35-19 home loss on Friday night.
You can almost smell it like a monsoon in the distance. It might not be on the horizon just yet, but there is something in the air that lets us know football season is almost upon us.
There’s nothing like ice cream to cool off from the muggy monsoon weather we’ve had of late, and thanks to Culver’s 30th anniversary, there are plenty of deals to be had this week at the Wisconsin-based burger chain. Now through Sunday, July 20, Culver’s offers daily specials, including $2 root beer floats on Thursday, a $6 Double ButterBurger and cheese value basket on Friday, $2 mini mixers on Saturday and $1 single scoop lemon ice on Sunday. For locations and times, visit Culvers.com.
Sunday's monsoon storm caused damage to property across the East Valley. [Photo by Cindy Keever]
Service branch: U.S. Army Special Forces
Where and when served: February 1967 to December 1969 in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
Reflection: My most memorable moment came in the spring of 1969 near the tri-border area of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. We observed several thousand soldiers of the North Vietnamese Army finishing breakfast and massing just inside Laos. Myself and one other American Green Beret were in command of a Mobile Strike Force Company (about 150–165 Sedang Montagnard strikers) when an order came down to “go get ’em” and my first thought was, “me and what army?”
Even though we didn’t speak the same language, I could see the looks on the faces of these boy soldiers and the translation was unmistakable! I’ve heard it before and I’ve heard it since … “Crazy Americans!” We slowly worked through the linguistic barriers when it came to trying to understand complex concepts versus just taking a simple direction or explaining a set of instructions. The basic message was, “you guys are nuts and are going to get us all killed, we think we have a better idea and one which may not get everyone killed” … including this young American Green Beret. Their argument made sense.
We’d take a few guys down there, look around, see what we could see and then call a massive B-52 airstrike down on them and that would be that. Then we would race back to the relative safety of our hilltop perimeter. We got about 50 meters outside of our perimeter and we ran smack into the middle of a forward element of about 500 NVA soldiers of the 66th NVA Regiment. We set up a hasty ambush, which slowed them down long enough for us to make a beeline back to the top of the hill, but we took several casualties in the process. We were outside of artillery range and the monsoon cloud cover precluded bringing in tac air (tactical air support).
Hours went by and we were running out of ammunition and water and we were taking more casualties. Surrounded, we began to formulate an escape plan … our options were all bad. Several hours had past and it was now late in the afternoon. A few times, there were breaches in our defenses and some soldiers had managed to make a run at the small command post in the center of the perimeter. One made it all the way to my location, but he was out of ammunition, so he came at me with a bayonet; I turned but my arm took the point of the bayonet; I turned hard with my arm crooked and he took a full forearm to his jaw.
The sound of crunching teeth and bone were distinctive. He crumpled to the ground. My bodyguard, Dai, ran over and emptied a full magazine into him. Just as we were about to come to grips with our inevitable demise, the clouds broke ever so slightly and an old Skyraider came down through the clouds and almost instantly began dropping copious amounts of ordnance on our enemies. It was dropped so close I had a piece of shrapnel fall right next to me. It was the size of a football. Another hour passed before we began to feel secure that we would actually see another day.
I can see, feel, and taste that day just like it was yesterday. It was a memorable moment all right … and for the better part of that day, I thought it was going to be my last. There were many days like that one, but that’s the one that I remember the most.
Have you ever wondered why some butterflies have iridescent blue-black wings and a taste that’s repulsive to birds and other predators? Ron Rutowski, a Tempe resident and biology professor at Arizona State University since 1976, has too — actually, he’s spent years and traveled extensively throughout North and Central America and Australia, studying the ways color is produced, employed and perceived in the animal kingdom, particularly on ways insects use color as a visual signal and how it’s interpreted by their compound eyes.
As monsoon season approaches, Chandler wants residents to help reduce stormwater pollution by bringing their household hazard waste to the city’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility on the southwest corner of McQueen and Queen Creek roads.
In the northern Arizona city of Williams, restaurant patrons don't automatically get a glass of water anymore. Residents caught watering lawns or washing cars with potable water can be fined. Businesses are hauling water from outside town to fill swimming pools, and building permits have been put on hold because there isn't enough water to accommodate development.
Heavy monsoon rains last year coupled with light snowpack this winter will combine to make for a more dangerous fire season this year, state Forester Scott Hunt predicted Wednesday.
If your daily route takes you through Tempe, there’s a fresh, new choice for healthful morning and afternoon pick-me-ups.
Gilbert Christian quarterback Bailey Anderson threw 10 touchdowns, besting Mesa Prep quarterback Nick Staloch's six touchdowns, as the Knights washed away the Monsoons, 92-50.
Mesa leaned on its defense and it responded Friday.
It's a hot day in the Valley of the Sun.
The Sonoran Sunset Series has been in hiding for the summer months but is finally coming back for the fall.
Despite cool temperatures on Sunday, monsoon rains are likely Monday and into Tuesday in the Valley.
Another day of rain in the Phoenix area is providing some relief to the recent hot temperatures, but authorities are urging travelers to be careful.
Valley Vista made the trip to east Mesa from Surprise to face Mountain View, but fell short as the Toros broke away in the second half and won 46 to 23.
While I stand at the pump deciding whether my windshield needs cleaning or to wait until after the next monsoon storm, I am often reminded that gauging the reasons gasoline prices go up or down is no science.
Coming off a nice win against Westwood last week, especially with its play in the second half, Mesa found itself a little bit. The Jackrabbits struggled offensively against Highland (a 7-3 loss the Jackrabbits might be kicking themselves over later this season for not winning), but the return of Turrell Pietz-Noble to the offensive backfield from injury was a boost Mesa needed to help put up 27 points to go with an aggressive, hard-playing defense. Valley Vista (2-1) has blowout wins against Surprise Willow Canyon and Phoenix North Canyon, sandwiched by a loss to Mountain View. Damian Alarcon (58 percent completion, 6 TD, 3 INT) has done a solid job running the offense, with Terry Juniel and Jeff Harris the team’s big WR threats. The Monsoon isn't a bad team, and can move the ball on Mesa, but the Jackrabbits’ defense isn’t bad either.
Prediction: Mesa 21, Valley Vista 13
-- Mark Heller