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FLAGSTAFF, AZ - Arizona Snowbowl is now open for the winter season, and with a recent snow storm leaving 3-6 inches of fresh snow.
As far debuts go the Desert Vista boys basketball team and first-year coach Tony Darden set the standard pretty high.
The Arizona Highway Patrol Association wants to ensure all families make it to and from their holiday destinations safely.
This Nov. 16, 2014 image provided by Angel Fire Resort shows one of the freshly groomed runs at the ski resort in Angel Fire, N.M., following a weekend storm. Resort operators from New Mexico to northern Arizona are hopeful forecasts calling for above-normal chances for moisture through the winter will result in more skier visits this season. (AP Photo/Angel Fire Resort, Jim Merritt)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Spirits were high at New Mexico's ski resorts after a weekend storm brought more than two feet of snow to some spots, and crews were taking advantage of freezing temperatures as they cranked up their snow-making machines.
Paul Lucas exerted so much energy on a career night he had to pause and take a bow.
Taya Smith is like a lot of girls: she loves to skate, volunteers in her community and hates to travel without a stash of Clif Bars. She’s also one of the leading ladies of Christian music and member of the Australian band Hillsong United, who perform Friday, Nov. 7, in the Valley as part of the Winter Jam West Coast tour, which also features Francesca Battistelli, Colton Dixon, Trip Lee and Jeremy Camp.
It is starting to look like the Desert Vista girls volleyball team has no fear.
Molly West started the Desert Vista volleyball program in 1995 and on Tuesday night she reached a milestone that might be overshadowed in a week.
Climate change and global warming are two things that seem to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue. But John Purchase, a retired physicist and engineer, said not many people know what they’re talking about.
The city of Mesa is accepting applications for volunteers who want to attend a green workshop on Nov. 1.
The event has become bigger than the action of the floor, but it is no disrespect to the volleyball being played.
With just a few handful matches left in the Division I girls volleyball regular season only two teams remained undefeated.
APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) — Storms dropped heavy rain in parts of southern and central Arizona, flooding roadways in some low-lying areas and leading firefighters to rescue a man whose van got stuck.
The National Weather Service says up to 2 inches of rain fell early Thursday in Apache Junction, a city on the eastern fringe of the Phoenix area.
That's where the man's van got stuck in high water in a low spot on a street. Helicopter news video shows firefighters helping him climb from his van into a fire truck amid rushing water. Other footage shows intersections and parts of neighborhood roads underwater.
Storm runoff also briefly closed one lane on the U.S. 60 freeway in the same area.
The weather service said motorists shouldn't drive into areas where water covers the roadway.
Storms dropped heavy rain in parts of southern and south-central Arizona, producing standing water in some low-lying areas and resulting in the rescue of a man whose van got stuck.
The intersection of Gilbert and Guadalupe roads in Gilbert will remain closed until Friday for construction.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's barrage of rain storms in recent months has created an unlikely pest infestation for the desert region: mosquitoes.
The storms — including one that began Wednesday — have created a breeding ground for mosquitoes that some longtime Phoenix residents say are as bad as they can ever remember.
Maricopa County environmental officials say they have received more than 10,000 mosquito-related complaints so far this year. County Environmental Services Department spokesman Johnny Dilone said that is nearly double the number of calls from the same period in 2013.
"We're working a lot of hours and spraying in more places," Dilone said. "We've been seeing a lot of mosquitoes, a majority of them are floodwater mosquitoes. Those are the ones that have been generating most of the calls."
The uptick has left some residents scratching their heads — as well as arms, legs and other body parts — at having to deal unexpected insect bites. Jennifer Weller, a Scottsdale sales executive, said she feels like every day brings three to five mosquito bites more.
"I'm a native of Arizona and I can't remember getting eaten like this," she said. "So I'm wearing my OFF! right now instead of my perfume."
Other residents, like Leslie Meehan, are considering their own preventive measures. Meehan, of Maricopa, said nothing has worked to get them out of her yard and she is mulling a $149 mosquito trap.
"We're a smorgasbord for these heat-seeking missiles with wings," Meehan said. She compared it to a mauling — "I've got 32 bites on one arm."
Dilone says the county sets out about 640 traps each week. Most of them go to areas that the department monitors year-round as part of a more aggressive effort that began two years ago. But more will be deployed as officials come across new areas.
The county uses the trapped mosquitoes to test for West Nile Virus. Workers go to sites that test positive and conduct fogging measures.
More than 180 mosquito samples taken from traps this year have tested positive for the virus, Dilone said. The virus can cause severe illness in people and animals, although only about 20 percent of those infected will develop any symptoms. The flu-like symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, and muscle weakness. More severe symptoms can include inflammation of the brain, which can lead to paralysis or death. There have been 44 cases of people infected with the virus this year in Maricopa County. Six people have died.
Standing water created by rain and flooding can lead to a surge in mosquito breeding. Hundreds of thousands of them can emerge in as little as three days if mosquito larvae are left in a pool of water.
That's why homeowners need to inspect their property after it rains, Dilone said. Clearing debris from swimming pools, draining pet water dishes and buckets or other containers are some ways to stop mosquitoes from laying eggs.
Many people still don't realize that mosquitoes can grow even in the desert, Dilone said.
"Most of us don't think we have a mosquito problem here or that there are many mosquitoes. Most of us don't know that even as little the water that may be in a bottle cap would be enough for a mosquito to breed," Dilone said.
Arizona's barrage of rain storms in recent months has created an unlikely pest infestation for the desert region: mosquitoes.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's barrage of rain storms in recent months has brought in an unlikely pest to the desert region: mosquitoes.
The storms — including one that began Wednesday — has created a breeding ground for infestations that some longtime Phoenix residents say are as bad as they can ever remember.
Maricopa County environmental officials say they have received more than 10,000 mosquito-related complaints so far this year.
County Environmental Services Department spokesman Johnny Dilone says that is already twice more than last year.
Officials say standing water created by rain and flooding can lead to a surge in mosquito breeding.
Dilone says the county sets out hundreds of traps each week.
More than 180 mosquito samples taken from traps this year have tested positive for West Nile virus.
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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.
A mama dog and her puppies are safe and sound after being rescued from a storm drain Saturday morning.