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Monsoon Season Are You Ready?
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Your Connection To The East/Southeast Valley
4 Monsoon Season: Are You Ready?
10 Direct Sales Do You Well 14 Summer Road Trip Tips
16 A Gem In The Desert
18 Hot New Fireworks
19 Cook AZ I Do
20 ATV Rider Safety
21 Fireworks Safety
22 Inside PCSO
24 What's Happening?
25 Supervising Summer Safety 26 All Gave Some, Some Gave All 28 Skyline Pizza Sauces It Up
30 Local Couple on Bestseller List 32 Chips, Dips and Signatures
33 Keep Your Eyebrows 34 Artisan Village of Coolidge
37 Home On The Range
38 Dogs On Deployment
40 Delicious Stay Cool Tips 41 Pull Aside, Stay Alive 42 Road Rules For Food Safety
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Are You Ready for Monsoon Season? Extreme heat, lightning, dust storms (“Haboob’s”), thunderstorms, wildfires, downburst winds and flash floods are a recipe for danger. Combine these seven weather events and you have the making of Monsoon thunderstorms in Arizona. Starting on June 15th and lasting through September 30th “The Monsoon Season” is a period of extreme heat in the beginning followed by an inundation of moisture that leads into thunderstorms. Arizona gets a third of our annual rainfall during Monsoon season. A monsoon is caused by warm air creating surface low pressure zones
that in turn draw moist air from the oceans. Arizona winds usually come from the west, but shift to a southeasterly wind in the summer, bringing moisture, most often from the Gulfs of Mexico and California. 
Rainfall during the monsoon is not continuous. It varies considerably, depending on a variety of factors. There are usually distinct “burst” periods of heavy rain during the monsoon, and “break” periods with little or no rain.
As if the heat weren’t dangerous enough here in Arizona, thunderstorms, on top of that, can be deadly. Since 1995, multiple deaths, over 100 injuries and millions of dollars worth of property damage have been attributed to all of the above.
During the monsoon season, ominous thunder clouds are fueled by daytime heating and build up during the late afternoon-early evening. Typically, these storms dissipate by late night, and the next day starts out fair, with the cycle repeating daily.
Flash floods are dangerous to drivers, hikers, and people near washes. Winds almost always exceed 40 mph and can create dust storms. Hail usually occurs in the mountains but the Valley has seen it’s share over the years too (see videos referenced). Excessive heat is dangerous during the monsoon season, as it is all summer. High temperatures can be more dangerous when combined with the high humidity. Be safe during the monsoon season!
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Are You Ready?
Homeowners who live in flood areas should take necessary precautions to protect themselves and their homes, and drivers should never enter flooded areas. Hikers and campers should avoid canyons with steep sides. If thunder is audible, lightning is close and it is advised to go indoors and remain there until 30 minutes after the last lightning sighting. Be sure to avoid downed power lines. Dust storms are often an underrated danger. Dust storms are especially dangerous to drivers. If caught in a dust storm, immediately pull off the road, turn your car off, and take your foot off the brake pedal. 
Be prepared â€“ 12 News Weather Team Tips (2014)
To be prepared for the Monsoon season read the safety tips here.
Lightning Myths & Facts from the National Weather Service
Tucson News Now Take the Monsoon Quiz here Monsoon Videos: July 3, 2014 Fox 10 â€“ June 20, 2014 More Tips:
Basics of the Arizona Monsoon & Desert Meteorology ASU For more and up-to-the-minute info on monsoon season in Arizona, visit these links.
CBS 5 Monsoon Season (2015)
1. The Arizona Experience
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Direct Sales Do You Well We all know some who is in Direct Sales. Your mom might sell Avon, your best friend invited you to her party for Pink Zebra or maybe someone mentioned LegalShield to you at work. These are all Direct Sales companies which means they market and sell products directly to consumers and normally they do not have a brick and mortar store. Peddling is the oldest form of direct selling. Modern direct selling includes sales made through party plans, one-on-one demonstrations, and other personal contact as well as Internet sales. A textbook definition is: "The direct personal presentation, demonstration, and sale of products and services to consumers, usually in their homes or at their jobs."
contrast to franchising, the cost for an individual to start an independent direct selling business is typically very low with little or no required inventory or other cash commitments to begin.
According to the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations (WFDSA), consumers benefit from direct selling because of the convenience and service it provides, including personal demonstration and explanation of products, home delivery, and generous satisfaction guarantees. In Direct selling should not be confused with direct marketing. Direct selling is all about the individual sales agents reaching and dealing directly with clients. Direct marketing is about business and non-profit organizations seeking a relationship with their customers without going through an agent/consultant or retail outlet. Direct selling often, but not always, uses multi-level marketing (salesperson is paid for selling and for sales made by people he recruits or sponsors) rather than single-level marketing (salesperson is paid only for the sales he makes himself). According to WFDSA, annual revenue from direct sales companies in the United States, averages around 42 billion dollars. No matter which one you believe, one thing is for certain, itâ€™s an industry on the rise. And it comes as no surprise that the majority of consultants are women, many of them moms. In this column we will share information on direct sales companies that you may be interested in or tell you about some you may never have heard of.
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Spotlight: Pink Zebra Let’s get started. Our first company is one that many people have heard of called Pink Zebra: Directly from their site, Candles, Sprinkles, Reeds, Simmer Pots and More. It’s all about the fragrance, right?! So, we have focused the Pink Zebra collection all around it, and creating high quality fragrances options that you can control, afford and enjoy in many ways, at any time, and anywhere is the goal for Pink Zebra products. Pink Zebra offers “Quality You Can Trust: Candles, Consultants and Company 100% Guarantee” Their policy is to guarantee every product they sell 100%. If you are not fully satisfied with your purchase, they will be happy to replace it. Gourmet scents Pink Zebra offers include: • • • • • • • •
Banana Pudding – NEW! Cake Batter Mom’s Lemon Bars Ooey Gooey Caramel Root Beer Barrel (New) Paisley’s Punch Mountain Spring Oak & Bourbon 50 more and new scents coming out often.
These scents start at around $8 for a 3.75 oz Jar of Sprinkles. They also offers Simmer Pots, Glimmer Candles, Simmering Lights, Hand Lotion, Hand Soap, Reed Diffusers and other accessories.
Contact your local Pink Zebra consultant, Leslie Johnson, today at (480) 318-4890. Or Click here
Paisley Pink has been the official mascot of Pink Zebra Home since May 2011 according to their Facebook page. Each month she picks a fragrance of the month. Paisley’s July Pick is Ice Cream Sandwich. There’s nothing quite like the decadent treat of a cold ice cream sandwich on a hot day! Especially in Arizona.
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Summer Road Trip Tips
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By: Geoff Spencer Summer is the time of year people pack their bags, load up the family, and find somewhere to beat the heat! Awareness of your vehicles condition is very important and can be the difference between a fun vacation and no vacation. To ensure a safe and hassle free trip, your automobile should be well maintained, thoroughly inspected, and monitored throughout your trip. After these steps have been made you will have the peace of mind and confidence that your transportation will reliably deliver you and your occupants to your summer destination. Regularly maintaining your car, truck, or SUV can greatly lower the chances of a break down. This is referred to as “preventative maintenance.” We had a scenario the other day at the shop, a customer asked, “I’m confused. Why were my radiator hoses recommended if they were not leaking?” A great question and concern. We explained to the customer that the hoses were original equipment and had been on their truck for 150k miles. We elaborated, “When squeezing the radiator hoses, an audible crunch was heard. This indicates deterioration of the hoses from the inside out and later on down the road can result in rupture.” After explaining this to the customer they were grateful and appreciative that we noticed this upon the inspection. The point of preventative maintenance is to catch issues before they escalate. Replacing certain components and fluids based on time and mileage is critical to establishing a strong, dependable motor vehicle. Before leaving for your trip, take your vehicle into a licensed and certified repair facility for a “Pre-trip inspection.” This is a service that we offer free of charge at Spencer Auto Repair. It is important to take your automobile in at least one week before your trip, in case large repairs are needed. A certified mechanic will look over your car, truck, or SUV and notify you of any repairs that may be needed to be fixed before your trip. If there are any issues found regarding safety items such
as brakes, tires, steering, suspension, and exterior lamps, they should be addressed as soon as possible. A quality repair shop will inform you about both concerns that can wait and concerns that are urgent. A thorough inspection before a long drive will give you a further understanding of your vehicles condition and provide assurance for you and your family. While on your trip you should be aware that certain components that require regular monitoring. Aside from your fuel gauge, your oil pressure gauge, coolant temperature gauge and warning lights should periodically be glanced at while driving. Warning lights such as check engine, brake, and ABS illuminate when there is a fault found with your vehicle. When any of these lights are illuminated, or gauges indicate an issue we recommend to pull over, shut down, and get your vehicle towed to the nearest repair shop. If you ever have any questions or concerns while driving your vehicle you are always welcome to call Spencer Auto Repair. Monitoring your tire pressure routinely is also very significant to keeping safe and protecting your tires. It is always suggested to keep a tire pressure gauge somewhere in your vehicle. The specified tire pressure for your vehicle is located on a sticker near the driver’s door jamb. If your tire pressure is lower than the specification, your tires are underinflated. Underinflated tires can result in a rise of tire temperature resulting in accelerated tire wear, blowouts, or in extreme cases loss of control and possible collision. Over inflation causes irregular tire wear and can cause tires to be more prone to damage and punctures by road debris and potholes. If your are traveling to an area that has a different climate than home, it is important to know that tire pressure changes 1-2 psi for every 10 degrees in temperature change. For example, you leave the valley, its 110 degrees outside and your tire pressure is 35. Once your in Payson, and its 70 degrees out, your tire pressure is now underinflated at 4-8 psi less than specification.
It is critical to maintain tire pressure throughout your trip. Summer vacations are for relaxation and enjoyment. Taking a couple extra steps to ensure that your vehicle is in acceptable condition to drive long distances can save you from breaking down. Regular maintenance, a pre-trip inspection, and knowing what items on your vehicle to monitor are the keys to having a safe and sound vacation. Get your vehicle ready for that trip and safe travels! ABOUT THE AUTHOR Geoffrey Spencer is the owner of Spencer Auto Repair a full service automotive and tire shop. Spencer Auto Repair has been in business since 2013 and serves San Tan Valley, Florence, Queen Creek and the surrounding areas. Geoff and his staff offer quality service at an affordable price. They will always go the extra mile for
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their customers. They are family business, Geoff works alongside his wife and brother-in-law. Honesty and great customer service are the top priorities for everyone at Spencer Auto Repair. They have ASE certified technicians and a Ford Master Technician on staff. Geoff and his technicians also have access to all the latest manufacturer information, technician service bulletins, and maintenance schedules to ensure they provide the best service to every customer. Geoff has a strong background working on all makes and models. He has many yearsâ€™ experience working at both independent shops and dealerships. He is both ASE and factory certified. His passion for cars started early in life working on MGs in the garage with his father. Personally, Geoff and his wife have a daughter and are expecting their second child. They truly love living in San Tan Valley and enjoy being a part of the community.
A Gem In The Desert
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In Anthem, just off Hunt Hwy and to the left of Safeway, is a fabulous Italian restaurant I discovered thanks to Jeffrey Kramer, Food Connoisseur and Reviewer from Kahuna Cafe. When I walked in I saw a beautifully decorated dining room with 2 and 4 top tables with classy glass place settings and white table clothes. About 9 of the 15 or so tables were full of people talking and laughing and they all looked like they were really enjoying their food. It’s a place where you can wear casual clothes or dress up, it all depends on how you feel. You’ll fit in either way. There was a short wait because when
you first walk in, if the greeter is seating folks, there is no way for them or the servers to see you right away because the wall into the dining room is jutted out a little and there is no clear view from the dining room to the door or vice versa. I took a quick step to the left and one of the staff saw me right away and came to seat me. My server, Rebecca, arrived within a minute or so, and took my drink order. I asked for the sweetest white wine they had and a coke. Jen Barker, one of the owners (Rob Barker, her husband, is the other owner and chef) brought me my wine and introduced herself (she was tending bar).
Jen is very pleasant and was really interested in knowing what I thought after I told her that Jeffrey recommended I stop in. Rebecca arrived with my coke. I ordered the Muscles Valentino in the wine and garlic sauce as an appetizer. It arrived a little while later and the sauce had a saltiness from the coarse salt on the mussels that was perfectly matched with a little hint of brininess from the mussels. I squeezed the fresh lemon slice over all the mussels and that added another level of flavor to the dish. Half way through them, I noticed that 4 of the 16 mussels didn’t open. Rebecca took them back to the kitchen and Chef Rob quickly re-fired 4
fresh ones for me. When they arrived I choose not to use the lemon and found that I actually liked them better without it. The homemade loaf of bread was hard on the outside (like a good French bread should be) yet soft and pillowy on the inside. It made the perfect dipping bread in the garlic sauce on the mussels. Just as I finished the appetizer, Rebecca, my very attentive server, arrived with my salad. The salad was fresh and beautiful to look at. The bright and deep greens, dark red and orange were just gorgeous. And it had just the right combination of lettuce and spinach with plum tomatoes, carrots, red onion and a delicious house Italian dressing with just the right touch of tanginess. Within a few minutes of finishing my salad my entrée was delivered with a smile. The special for the night, Cajun Broiled Fish on a bed of fettuccine with green peas, apple bacon and mushrooms. I’ve eaten some great Cajun fish in New Orleans and I have to tell you this was better than some of those. Nearly the best I’ve eat-
Mint Chocolate Torte
Sweet but not overly sweet with just the right amount of mint.
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Hot New Fireworks
Winda, one of “the best fireworks manufacturers” according to Jason Colt, owner of SanTanFireworks.com, has some great new products for 2015. They include, Blue on Blue (watch a video here) and our personal favorite, BALLERINA’S BALL – Winda Fireworks – P3085. Last a full minute or more, this rotating fountain starts with silver chrysanthemum, golden pines in the middle to a huge tall spinning red silver fountain. The finale finish of huge full bursting of silver chrysanthemums will amaze young and old alike! Please stand back for this magnificent display (and all fireworks for that matter), especially near the end. This reminds me of a real Aeriel display, only on the ground. Watch the video and then go visit any one of the 29 SanTanFireworks.com locations around the valley, three in San Tan Valley alone.
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Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats. Place balls of refrigerated cookie dough on cookie sheets. Bake for 8 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just beginning to set, even if undercooked, pale, and glossy in center. Cookies will stay white even though done. Do not bake for longer than 9 minutes for soft cookies because they firm up as they cool. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 8 minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling. Store cookies airtight in the refrigerator or at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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This food blog authored by a passionate cook, Shari, has ingredient lists, full and easy to follow instruction and some of the most mouthwatering photos of the food from start to finish that I have ever seen. And the recipes are to die for. You’ll find great recipes like… Deviled Eggs (the best I have tried), Arizona Quiche (complete with Jalapenos), Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcakes With Brown Sugar Buttercream (decadent) and Gluten-Free Strawberry Banana Streusel Muffins that just happen to taste AMAZING. Shari has some cooking tips to go along with the recipes that you have got to try. Following her tip, I had the most beautiful yellow yokes for my Deviled Eggs instead of that light yellow/greenish color you always get when hard boiling them. Her White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies are absolutely delicious and dangerous as you may want to eat them all in one sitting. Some recipes are adapted and changed from other sites, but I can say for sure that everything I have tried is just awesome. Shari has a couple of restaurant reviews on the site too and info on the Botanical Gardens that is very detailed.
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According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are more than 700 deaths and 100,000 injuries each year involving ATVs. 23% of all ATV fatalities involve children under the age of 16. Of that, 43% of those accidents involve children under the age of 12.
ATV Riding Safety Arizona’s mild start to the summer has created perfect conditions for off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts to head out and view some of the state’s most picturesque locations. To ensure the outings remain safe and fun adventures, the Arizona Game and Fish Department encourages all riders to practice proper safety techniques before taking to their favorite trails. Riders are reminded of the following: State law requires all riders under 18 years old, regardless of riding experience, to wear a Department of Transportation-approved helmet, including while on an ATV or in a side-by-side vehicle. Used properly, helmets provide the best protection against head injuries. • Eye protection, such as goggles or a helmet with a face shield, is required for OHV and ATV operators, under state law. While not required, eye protection is recommended while riding in a side-by-side vehicle equipped with a windshield. • Wear pants, a long-sleeve shirt, gloves and over-the-ankle boots while riding. • A U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved spark arrestor should be installed on the vehicle to prevent wildfires
from starting. All OHVs and ATVs driving off of paved roadways are required to have an OHV decal on their license plate, and only ride on designated roads and trails. On June 6, department law enforcement officers in the Pinetop area held the second of three helmet compliance checks. The compliance checks coincide with ATV Safety Week, which ran from June 6 to 14 and aims to promote responsible, safe riding. The third compliance check is scheduled for June 13 in the Flagstaff area. “ATV Safety Week provided the Department an exciting opportunity to make a positive impact on Arizona’s off-highway vehicle community,” said Matt Eberhart, AZGFD OHV Safety Education coordinator. “By providing a wide range of information promoting safe and ethical OHV use, we can help keep the sport alive and safe for future generations.” Citing a Consumer Product Safety Commission study, the ATV Safety Institute reports that 92 percent of all ATVrelated fatalities were a result of operators driving a machine that isn’t properly sized for them. Emergency room data indicates that 43 percent of all OHV
accidents involve children younger than 16 years old and 67 percent of all UTV/side-by-side accidents involve head injury. It is important that all drivers learn how to properly operate their machine, including making sure it is an appropriate size in addition to wearing a helmet and other protective gear to dramatically reduce risk of harm for the driver and any bystanders. To promote rider safety and helmet use, the department is also encouraging riders to shoot a photo of themselves with their helmet on and off and submit it to the “Show us your Helmet Hair” contest. By entering, contestants can win prizes from area businesses and OHV safety partners. Recent prizes have included safety courses, riding gear and gift cards. To enter the monthly contest, snap a photo of your best helmet hair and share it with Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter pages, using both hashtags of #AZHelmetHair and #AZGFDOHV).
AZ LOCAL - Issue 1 - July 2015 | 21 mote positive off-highway vehicle operation ethics. The Arizona OHV Ambassador program is a newly-developed volunteer program which provides a means for private citizens to work with a variety of federal, state, and local land managers and public safety officials in Arizona to promote responsible off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation on public, state, and private lands. These volunteers contribute their time, experience, and local knowledge of OHV areas in Arizona by monitoring public lands on motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs or 4×4 vehicles. Through these monitoring efforts volunteers provide a positive image of their recreation activity, identify and record road, trail and other resource issues and educate OHV users on responsible OHV use. OHV Ambassadors also participate in special projects to enhance OHV areas in Arizona. OHV Ambassadors receive extensive training from professional training representatives and serve as a point of contact for other OHV users to obtain helpful and timely information about the trails they ride. • Do you like to ride Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs) in Arizona? • Do you want to help promote a POSITIVE image of OHV recreation in Arizona and help protect the future of OHV recreation on public lands in Arizona?
For additional OHV safety information, visit www.azgfd.gov/ ohv.
• Are you concerned with irresponsible use of OHV areas which give motorized recreation a bad name? • Do you want to get to know your land managers better and
Did you know that the AZ State Parks has an OHV Ambassador Program?
work with them to help conserve the future of your activity? • Do you want to receive FREE training in vehicle driving, communications, and first aid/CPR?
OHV Ambassadors receive professional training and help proIf so, APPLY NOW! OHV Ambassador Application
Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries. You can help us prevent fireworks-related injuries and deaths. How? By working with a national, state or local organization where you live to promote fireworks safety in your community. Follow these safety tips when using fireworks: • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for
professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers. • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals. • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully. • Never point or throw fireworks at another person. • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap. • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly. • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers. • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire. • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
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Inside PCSO is a two part series to give readers a look into Pinal Counties local law enforement agency. In this issue we are sharing photos captured from all over the county of deputies, dispatchers and the Exploers. In the next issue there will be indepth information about PCSO. Leading the Pinal County Sheriffs Office's (PCSO) 600+ fulltime staff and their 400+ volunteers that are dedicated to protect and serve is Sheriff Paul Babeu. When asked, Sheriff Paul said, "PCSO's committment is to quality law enforcement that is defined by our focus on staff training, discipline, fairness and professionalism." Watch for the second part of the series in August.
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Supervising Summer Safety
Recently Rural/Metro Fire Department in San Tan Valley has seen a rash of near drowning calls. These potentially tragic and highly emotional calls for service impact the entire community and can all be prevented with adult supervision. Historically speaking San Tan Valley has had higher than normal incidents of child drownings. In virtually every case, a child was left unattended and was able to slip into a pool, or other body of water. At Rural/ Metro we believe a â€œlayeredâ€? approach to water safety is the best way to stay safe around water. This approach includes the use of physical barriers like locks and fences as well as pool covers and alarms. Rural/Metro also encourages everyone to learn life saving Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation or CPR, and start children swim lessons at an early age. Adults should never let children swim alone and never allow children to monitor children in the pool. Always designate a sober, adult to keep an eye on the kids in the pool. There have been fatal drowning calls in San Tan Valley where adults have been in and around the pool, just unaware that a child had slipped under the surface. When a person drowns there is little or no noise. Hollywood has always portrayed a drowning person as one who is thrashing his or her arms and screaming for help. This
could not be farther from the truth. In reality, a drowning victim can slip underwater completely undetected. Drowning is truly a silent killer. It is imperative that direct eye supervision is maintained any time a child is in, or near, the pool. This summer in San Tan Valley there have been cases where children and adults have been found floating, face down and unresponsive in pools. If it were not for the quick action of family and alert bystanders who were willing to take action and pull someone out of the water, these incidents would have resulted in death or serious and prolonged mental and physical deficits.
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All Gave Some, Some of our staff served honorably in the military. We'd like to remind you this Independence Day to hank a veteran for their service, and for the sacrficies they and their Brothers and Sisters made to keep you free.
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Skyline Pizza Sauces Up Deliciousness San Tan Valley pizzeria makes a mouth-watering pie at an amazing price. Can you believe one of the freshest and best pizzas can be had in San Tan Valley? On the Northeast corner of Sierra Vista Drive and Skyline Drive, sits a little restaurant called Skyline Pizza. When I walked in the decor took me a little by surprise, the order area has a mint green wall and the dining room has dark chocolate walls. The tables are all black. A bench lines the length of the wall, and the other side of some of the tables have small wooden chairs in various colors. I wouldn’t let their strange decor deter me, having been a pizza restaurant manager for 5 years, I was anxious to try this newly discovered pizzeria and see if they measured up to my strict standards. I ordered the Greek Salad, a side of bread sticks and a slice of the T-Rex Pizza. The service was quick and the owner Mike was friendly. While I was waiting for my food, I tried some of their fresh brewed tea. It was good, but wasn’t sweet enough. Being from the South, I like a little tea with my sugar. The Greek Salad is comprised of their House Salad (mixed greens, grape tomatoes, shredded carrots, cucumbers, croutons, shredded mozzarella) with black olives, artichoke hearts, red onion and feta added. I had it with the house garlic vinaigrette.
The salad was crisp and delicious. With just the right amount of crunch. The croutons were crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. And they were made from scratch. The bread sticks were hot and soft and had a nice seasoning. I would highly recommend that you sprinkle a little salt and Parmesan cheese on them it makes them taste amazing.
Now for the pièce de résistance, the T-Rex Pizza Slice. It had pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, beef and Romano cheese. First off this slice was huge. Like larger than Shaq’s shoes huge. The sauce was light with fine hints of oregano. The crust was good, but could have used a little pizzazz with some seasoning. Next time I go back, I’ll see if Mike is willing to season my
A fresh and tasty treat.
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crust for me. Now the sausage on this bad boy was amazing. It isn’t that processed balls of garbage you get at fast food delivery places, this is hand-sliced real Italian sausage. In addition to the T-Rex they have 18 other specialty pizzas. Like the DeVinci (pepperoni, salami, Canadian bacon, pepperoncini, provolone), Border (beef, jalapeno, roma tomato, onion, taco sauce), Florence (cream cheese, chicken, sun-dried tomato, basil, Romano) and the Crustacean (Cajun shrimp, green onion, feta, roasted garlic, Romano). Pizza crusts available are: thin crust, original (hand-tossed), Sicilian and stuffed. For the brave or for parties, they have a 26” pizza called the Big Sky. Also served are calzones, meatballs, hot wings, sandwiches, and desserts. They don’t serve alcohol, but do have a BYOB (Bring Your Own
Bottle) license. Prices are really good. Specialty pizza slices are only $5. And the deal is even sweeter since any menu item is an additional 15% off for the remainder of the month. Alternatively you can get a free order of bread sticks with your pizza order
instead. Skyline Pizza also offers delivery to San Tan Valley, Queen Creek and Anthem. Check out their Facebook or Homepage.
I couldn't resist I snagged one.
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Local Couple’s Debut Novel Spends Five Months on Amazon Bestseller List
“Being the #1 bestseller in Western Science Fiction for more than five months took us by surprise,” said co-author and San Tan Valley resident, Tony Martineau. “We knew there was interest in the topic of preparedness, but never imagined it would have such a worldwide appeal.” This novel skillfully weaves fact with fiction. Scenes from the novel depict survival skills that would be needed during any type of emergency in our arid climate. “Even if you don’t think the world is coming to an end, Post Grid makes you think about what could happen if you lost power for a couple of days or a week,” said Nancy Martineau. “Very few people have enough water stored for drinking, let alone for cleaning. After only a few days of no power, most would find it difficult to make meals, keep their kids entertained, and stay comfortable.” In the novel the power grid has failed and civilized society is rapidly deteriorating. Kelly Wise knows that to survive, she must leave the city and reach the safety of her mother’s rural Arizona ranch. On the dangerous journey by horseback, she encounters Jared Malloy, a sher-
iff’s deputy who has been shot and left for dead. He’s a liability, but as a nurse, Kelly knows he doesn’t stand a chance without her. The eclectic group of survivors, including a Civil Air Patrol search and rescue ground team, greets them at the ranch. Kelly soon understands that their combined knowledge and skills may just be the thing that saves them all. Anyone who has traveled between Phoenix and Payson will appreciate the books settings. “The plot has an EMP, or electromagnetic pulse, destroying the grid. An EMP causes an energy wave that can ravage electronic systems and components by instantaneously bombarding the earth’s atmosphere with thousands of volts of electricity without harming living creatures,” explains Tony. “This can be a natural occurrence such as a coronal mass ejection, also known as a solar flare, or it can be caused by the detonation of a nuclear device high above the earth. A nuclear bomb’s size and the altitude at which it is detonated determine how widespread its electrical grid-killing effects are. It doesn’t have to be an EMP that de-
prives us of electricity. Recently we have been reminded that our electrical grid is vulnerable to physical and cyber attack by domestic and foreign enemies.” Nancy continues, “We are particularly vulnerable here in the desert to power
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outages because we need electricity to supply water. Every drop is pumped out of the ground or pumped from our reservoirs into the canal system. Even people with wells can’t extract water without electric pumps; our ground water is too deep. Swimming pool water can’t be used for drinking because of its high concentration of salts and other contaminants. Our goal in writing this novel was to give people suggestions for just such an occurrence, while giving hope with a community-
based tale of survival.”
Tony and Nancy Martineau
You can find Post Grid online at Amazon And Like Post Grid on Facebook.
About the Authors: Tony Martineau is a former Deputy U.S. Marshal and flight paramedic who continues to work in law enforcement and as a wildfire line medic. Nancy Martineau is a nurse specializing in emergency and pre-hospital
medicine. The couple has been active in search and rescue, both Civil Air Patrol and Maricopa Medical Rescue Posse, in the desert areas that serve as the setting for their book. Both are long-time amateur radio operators. They have two non-fiction books to their credit: Camp Health and First Aid In My Pocket, and Labor and Delivery In My Pocket.
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Most U.S. banks are already on-board with the new EMV technology, which stands for “Europay, MasterCard, and Visa”, the three companies which originally created the standard. The standard is now managed by EMVCo, a consortium with control split equally among Visa, Mastercard, JCB, American Express, China UnionPay, and Discover. New Credit cards have a super-small computer chip in them that’s extremely hard to counterfeit. If you’ve gotten a card recently, chances are you’re all set. But if you own a business that conducts debit and credit card transactions you might not be ready for the October 2015 deadline EMVCo has set for you to be compliant. And that could cost you a LOT of money. First, EMV, is a technical standard for smart payment cards and for payment terminals and automated teller machines which can accept them. EMV cards are smart cards (also called chip cards or IC cards) which store their data on integrated circuits rather than magnetic stripes, although many EMV cards also have stripes for backward compatibility. They can be contact cards which must be physically inserted (or “dipped”) into a reader, or contactless cards which can be read over a short distance using radio-frequency identification technology. Payment cards which comply with the EMV standard are often called chip-and-PIN or chip-and-signature cards, depending on the exact authentication methods required to use them. Now, let’s find out why the switch from magnetic-stripe to chips. This fact is just insane: Only a quarter of the worlds credit card transactions occur in the United States, but half of the world’s credit card fraud happens within our borders. Banks want to put a stop to that and believe that EMV technology will pave the way for much better security. And with all the recent security beeches banks have an added incentive to make credit and debit cards safer. Visa, MasterCard and Discover in March 2012 – and American Express in June 2012 – announced their EMV migration plans for the U.S. In spite of these announcements, doubts remain over the willingness of merchants to develop the capability to support EMV. Since the announcement, multiple banks and card issuers have announced cards with EMV chip-and-signature technology,
including American Express, Bank of America, Citibank, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bank, and several credit unions. JPMorgan was the first major bank to introduce a card with EMV technology, namely its Palladium card, in mid-2012. American Express is implementing a liability shift for point of sale terminals in October, 2015. For pay at the pump, at gas stations, the liability shift is October, 2017. Discover is implementing a liability shift on 1 October 2015. For pay at the pump at gas stations, the liability shift is 1 October 2017. MasterCard is implementing a liability shift for point of sale terminals in October, 2015. For pay at the pump, at gas stations, the liability shift is October, 2017. For ATMs, the liability shift date is in October 2016. Visa is implementing a liability shift for point of sale terminals on 1 October 2015. For pay at the pump, at gas stations, the liability shift is 1 October 2017. For ATMs, the liability shift date is 1 October 2017. As a local merchant, how will EMV Cards affect you and your business? Well, if you only accept cash or checks, the October 2015 deadline won’t affect you at all. If, however, you accept debit and credit cards it could affect your bottom line significantly if you are not in compliance by the deadline. What will you need? You’ll need a new processing device to read the information in the chip cards and they are not cheap. In October 2015, if your businesses does not have an EMV processing device you could be liable for fraudulent chip card transactions. While EMV may not impact your business right now, it soon will. Are you ready?
Keep Your Eyebrows
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Grill Safety Tips
As barbecue season begins, I want to remind everyone how important it is for the entire family to be savvy about outdoor cooking. All grills, gas and charcoal, can be extremely dangerous if not cared for and used properly. All outdoor grills have the potential to lead to tragedy when carelessness causes structural fires or serious burns to people and pets. According to the Insurance Information Institute, backyard barbecues result in more than 2-thousand fires, over 300 grill related injuries and 3 or more deaths each year.
Follow the grill manufacturer’s instructions and keep written materials handy. If the igniter no longer works, replace it in accordance with the grill manufacturer’s instructions. Keep the top of the grill open until you are sure the grill is lit, even if you
have an electronic ignition. Cover disconnected hose-end fittings with plastic bags or protective caps to keep them clean when the grill is not in use. Store propane cylinders outdoors in an upright (vertical) position. 6 If you smell gas, and it is safe to do so, turn off the cylinder valve, turning it to the right (clockwise). If you are unable to turn off the valve, immediately leave the area and dial 911 or call your local fire department. Before you use the grill again, have a qualified service technician inspect your grill and cylinder. Consult a qualified service technician if you are having grill or propane cylinder problems. Keep your grill clean to prevent flare-ups. Check for knots or kinks in gas hoses. Make sure the area around the grill is free of leaves or anything else that could ignite.
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Smoke while handling a propane cylinder. Use matches or lighters to check for propane leaks. Pour an accelerant such as lighter fluid or gasoline on the grill. Allow children to tamper with the cylinder or grill. Use, store, or transport propane cylinders near high temperatures (this includes storing spare cylinders near the grill). Transport propane cylinders in your trunk. Instead, keep in a cool place, such as an air-conditioned car. Move a lit grill. Leave a lit grill unattended. Attempt to adjust any gas containers or hoses while the grill is lit. Grill in a covered patio or garage, even with the doors open, because gasses can build up.
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Artisan Village of Coolidge The Artisan Village of Coolidge was formed to take advantage of the area’s rich arts history including the Coolidge Performing Arts Center and the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, the first prehistoric and cultural reserve established in the United States under President Benjamin Harrison in 1892. “Have you ever had that feeling that what you are doing is exactly what is supposed to happen”, asked Lynn Parsons, Executive Director of the Coolidge Chamber of Commerce. “That’s how I feel every day.” when discussing Artisan Village of Coolidge. “You think about something you need one day and wonder how you are going to get it, and the next someone is telling you they have it or someone is donating it”, said Jack Malpass, Facilitator of Artisan Village. The City of Coolidge in collaboration with the Coolidge Unified School District and the Coolidge Chamber of Commerce has reopened an elementary school into a regional community Makerspace. Artisan Village of Coolidge opened its doors in summer 2014 bringing classes from local artisans to further enhance learning and culture into the community. It is a place to foster discovery, creativity and innovation through the arts. A major component of the Village is the continuing education and skill development of the area youth. The Village sits on approximately 4 acres in the heart of the City making it one of the most accessible buildings in Coolidge. Plans are underway to take the Village from its current school de-
sign into an active Makerspace community offering classrooms and work areas for entrepreneurs who can showcase and sell their creations. Plans also include housing the Coolidge Chamber of Commerce, visitor center and a coffee café. Because of this activity, the entire City has become engaged with the Artisan Village with the potential for significant economic impact. More than 30 artists, from all mediums, have volunteered their time to fix up, clean, donate to and create classes for the Village. Dave and Mary Scott, long time residents, donated three generations of rock and mineral collections along with thousands of dollars worth of equipment. “The Superintendent of Coolidge Unified School District, Charie Wallace, Coolidge City Manager Bob Flatley, Executive Director of the Coolidge Chamber of Commerce Lynn Parsons, David Gray our Facilities Planner and Rick Miller who focuses on commercial development and
I have a vision for Artisan Village. It will be a place where technology, education and art will come together and focus on Makerspace activities, a place that will be dedicated to creating programs for our youth and a place that artists can come and sell their art.”, said Malpass. The Flagg Mineral Foundation has on loan, for 10 years, to the Village Museum, a large collection of rocks and minerals. Classes are offered to the community including health, mosaic tiles, gems, photography, painting and science. “The Artisan Village of Coolidge shows how local government and non-profit organizations can come together to build something great, said Bob Flatley, Coolidge City Manager. “We saw an empty school building and found ways to transform it into a space that can live on for many years to come.”
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Numerous clubs and organizations have emerged from the Village including: The Golden Era Doll Club was formed in August 2014 under the leadership of Elaine Goulden, a local doll enthusiast and owner of the Golden Era Toy and Auto Museum in Coolidge. Kathleen Bye is Vice President of Operations and Membership for the club. The Coolidge Photography Club was formed in July of 2014 and is looking for members interested in photography. The Collector Car Car Club of Coolidge was formed in August of 2014 and is looking to expand its membership. The Pinal Gem & Mineral Society was formed in August of 2014 and is looking to expand its membership. All clubs listed above are a division of the Coolidge Performing Arts Center Foundation, Inc., a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable foundation and meets at Artisan Village.
Looking for a great club, event or even just to have some family fun, then contact Artisan Village below: Lynn Parsons, Coolidge Chamber of Commerce Director Jack Malpass, Facilitator, Artisan Village of Coolidge Artisan Village of Coolidge 351 N. Arizona Boulevard (Arizona Blvd & Northern Avenue) Coolidge, Arizona 85128 Phone: +1 520-723-3009 Fax: 520-723-9410 Email: info@ArtisanVillageofCoolidge.org Web: www.artisanvillageofcoolidge.org
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Ruth's Summer Fundraising Event y l i m a F un F
Beat The Heat! It's An Indoor Event
• Live DJ • 30 Vendors • The Vixens of Arizona • Raffle
• Homemade Goods • Great Food • Donations Accepted • Most Vendors Accept CC
Where: 500 W. Indian School Road Phoenix, AZ When: July 25, 2015 10 am - 2 pm
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= Home on the Range =
French Mustard Seed Chicken
Ingredients: • 1/2 pkg bacon • 3 lbs chicken thighs • Whole seed mustard • 1/2 onion diced • 1 TBS garlic • 1 cup white wine • 1 cup buttermilk • 2 TBS cornstarch Yields: 15 Servings
Marinade chicken in a bag with enough mustard to coat for about an hour. • Cook bacon in large enough skillet to fit all chicken. Cook until very crispy. • Remove bacon turn down heat a few notches, add all chicken flat side down, cook only until crispy, but still red. • Flip and cook other side for a minute, chicken will be raw inside. • Add chicken to crock pot (or dutch oven style pan) making sure to leave everything in pan. •Add diced onions and garlic. Saute. Add wine. • Scrape the whole skillet on top of chicken.
• Cook low for 4 hours. (About 45 minutes in Dutch oven style pan in oven). • Remove chicken. • Add drippings to a sauce pan. Add milk to cornstarch while cold, mix well. Add mixture to sauce pan. Cook until thickens. • Crumble bacon. Add to sauce, drizzle over chicken. We ended up having much more sauce than needed so only add the amount of sauce desired. If desired add a hard french cheese such as gruyere, to garnish. Serve with potatoes and rolls.
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Dogs on Have you ever wondered what options a United States military service member might have when they are deployed and do not have anyone to take care of their pet(s)? I am thrilled to introduce you to an amazing non-profit that supports our troops by helping their pets in these situations.
Personally, I know the hardships military member’s face and the last thing they need to be worried about when getting ready to deploy is who will care for their pet.
Dogs on Deployment in June 2011. As a dual-military family, the founders have been in situations where they needed a program like Dogs on Deployment. Alisa had orders to move to Quantico, Virginia where she was to attend six months of military training. At the same time, Shawn, was to be deployed. Neither could care for their beloved dog, JD. They were lucky enough to have family to rely on, but recognized the need for a program which would help others who found themselves in a similar situation. Thus, Dogs on Deployment was born.
Dogs on Deployment was founded by husband and wife, Shawn and Alisa Johnson, who dogs-on-deploymentfoundersserve in the US Navy and US Marine Corps respectively. They started
Founders Alisa and Shawn Johnson proudly own two miniature Australian Shepherds, JD and Jersey, two Caique parrots, Kiki and ZoZo, and two rescue cats, Tegan and Kami, who are the in-
Dogs On Deployment is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit which provides an online network for service members to search for volunteers who are willing to board their pets during their owner’s service commitments.
spiration behind their work. Dogs on Deployment (DoD) is a 100% volunteer organization. Every year DoD is honored to receive the highest ratings by non-profit watchdog groups. Headquartered in Santee, California, DoD has over 50 local chapters in the United States. The Phoenix Chapter was started two years ago and is one the most active chapters in the country. The Local Chapter Coordinator, Beth Buchanan, will tell anyone that will listen about the great group of volunteers DoD has in the Valley. Volunteers typically work at events and fundraisers to alert military members to DoD’s free service, recruit fosters and encourage sponsorships. Over the last year, Phoenix-area events have ranged from a horse shoe tournament sponsored by American Italian Club, Red Neck Run (where DoD was the beneficiary), KISS ME Irish Run, Amazing Pet Expo, Holiday Expo, 911 Run, Italian Car Show and many more fun events. If you are interested in joining the DoD volunteer team please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alisa and Shawn Johnson
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Let me introduce a great person that not only volunteers as the DoD Arizona Military Liaison but is also one of DoD’s fantastic fosters. Her name is Sandy Lentz. After 22 years of service for our great country, Sandy retired from the AZ Air National Guard. Sandy actively engages the local military community by attending deployment seminars at Luke AFB, manning information booths outside the Base Exchange, presenting to military clubs/organizations, and disseminating DoD information packets to all American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War Posts. Sandy will attend any military function to get the DoD word spread including the two day Veterans StandDown project for homeless veterans in November and the Vietnam Anniversary Remembrance earlier this year. Sandy shared that when she first began working with DoD Phoenix Chapter very few people, military or general public, knew of DoD but with all DoD’s
wonderful volunteers work the word is out. Sandy says “DoD rocks for military members and their pets”.
ber’s pet(s) in times of financial hardship. The event is being held in the cool indoors at 500 W. Indian School Rd.
Sandy currently is fostering two black labs (Nayla and Raven Pictured) for a military member through DoD. The dogs came to Sandy on May 26th and will return to their mom sometime in August. Without DoD, the family would have had to surrender their dogs.
10% of Vendor fees and 100% of raffle money raised will be donated to DoD. The event will have 30 crafts, jewelry, clothing, art and food vendors, DJ, The Vixens of Arizona and many more great items. Join us at this fun event from 9am-2pm and show your support for our troops and their pets.
I not only support our military but also support fostering of animals and many animal non-profits. DoD provides a great service for our military and their pets and depends on donations to operate. So, I am hosting an exciting event called Ruth’s Summer Fundraising Event for Dog’s on Deployment. Please join us on Saturday, July 25th from 10am to 2pm to help raise funds for this great cause. Your donations will go to DoD’s Pet Chit Program which provides emergency assistance for military mem-
DoD Local Coordinator, Beth Buchanan is thankful. “DoD Phoenix Chapter is grateful to Tanya for her grass-roots efforts on hosting this fun event. We would not be anywhere without our local citizens supporting DoD.” Visit Dogs on Deployment for more details about the organization.
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Delicious, Stay Cool Celebration Tips for the Fourth (StatePoint) Beat the heat this 4th of July and throughout summer with some delicious and refreshing celebration tips. It’s all about keeping your cool when preparing and enjoying fun meals.
Cool, Crisp Wine Stick with fresh and crisp white wines that complement lighter, warm weather fare. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are classic white wine varietals easily found at grocery stores. Chardonnay, a medium bodied wine with notes of fresh melon and pineapple, makes an excellent pairing with BBQ chicken or richer seafood dishes, such as crab or salmon. A wine to try is St. Francis Sonoma County Chardonnay 2013, made from grapes handpicked in the cool of night to create a wine with delicate aromas, crisp acidity, and a rich, lingering finish. For a lighter bodied wine, Sauvignon Blanc, with a highly aromatic fruit profile, is perfect for salads, sushi and fresh, young cheeses such as goat cheese. For your 4th of July picnic, consider grabbing a bottle of St. Francis Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2014 that features crisp flavors and aromas of citrus, kiwi, and mango with a touch of lime.
Chilled Dishes In summer, the last place you want to be is in a hot, humid kitchen. The perfect solution is to make classic chilled dishes like fruit sorbets, tomato salsas, fresh green salads and seafood carpaccio. For summer’s most refreshing meal, St. Francis Winery Chef Bryan Jones shares his recipe for Chilled Potato-Leek Soup with White Truffle Oil and Lemon. Pair with St. Francis Sonoma County 2013 Chardonnay or 2014 Sauvignon Blanc and serve with a light green salad and a baguette with goat cheese.
Ingredients: 2 russet potatoes, diced 3 leeks 3 cloves garlic, chopped 3 tablespoons butter 4 cups water 1/2 cup heavy cream 2 teaspoons salt White truffle oil 1 lemon 4 chive strands Salt and white pepper to taste
Preparation: Trim off the green end of leeks, slice in half lengthwise and rinse. Dice leeks. Heat 3 tbsp of butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add leeks, garlic and 2 tsp salt. Cook until leeks are soft but not brown, stirring occasionally. Add diced potatoes to leeks and cover with 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes fall apart. Add cream, bring to a boil and remove from heat. Let cool to almost room temperature. Purée in a blender until texture is creamy. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Adjust seasoning and place in refrigerator to chill. Divide soup into bowls. Drizzle with a small amount of white truffle oil. Zest a small amount of lemon and sprinkle with chopped fresh chives. Enjoy. For more wine paired recipes from Chef Bryan Jones, visit www.StFrancisWinery.com/culinary/recipes. Celebrate the 4th this year with cool vibes, chilled food and crisp wines.
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"Pull Aside, Stay Alive"
Drivers are reminded to ‘Pull Aside, Stay Alive’ this monsoon season. ADOT’s public awareness campaign asks motorists if they will know what to do in a dust storm as Monsoon Awareness Week begins Where will you be when the dust settles? That’s a question the Arizona Department of Transportation is asking motorists this year as another summer monsoon season begins. For the fourth consecutive year, ADOT is rolling out its “Pull Aside, Stay Alive” dust storm public awareness campaign in an ongoing effort to educate drivers about the year-round threat of dust storms as monsoon season officially begins in Arizona today. Dust storms pose a serious public safety risk because they can strike out of nowhere. Motorists can protect themselves if they plan ahead and know the safe actions to take when the dust hits. This year, ADOT – and partners at the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the National Weather Service – has created new television and radio public-education announcements that ask drivers if they know what to do if they get caught in a sudden dust storm event. The new TV public service announcement depicts a young driver following all the safety recommendations when she sees a dust storm while driving along a highway. ADOT’s mission is to provide useful and memorable safety information to drivers before they get caught in a low-visibility dust storm. This year, the agency’s top recommendation is to avoid driving into a wall of dust at all costs. “We hope motorists have heard the message that driving into a dust storm is dangerous and should be avoided,” said ADOT Director John Halikowski. “But every day we have new-to-Arizona drivers, and young drivers, who may not yet know about ‘Pull Aside, Stay Alive.’ If you know
a new driver, take a moment to remind them about dust storm safety.” Halikowski added, “As the monsoon arrives, this year we’re asking drivers to do the smart thing, the safe thing and plan ahead for possible blowing dust and limited visibility along the highway. It’s better to alter travel plans rather than attempting to drive through dust storms. It’s a risk you don’t have to take.” Dust storms develop quickly and dust-related crashes can occur, particularly along the Interstate 10 corridor between Phoenix and Tucson. To advise drivers of approaching storms, ADOT employs a range of strategies – including electronic highway message boards, social and traditional media, communication with ADOT staff and law enforcement officers in the field, television and radio advertising, and close coordination with partnering agencies – to keep information flowing to motorists. Please visit PullAsideStayAlive.org for the new public-education video, along with videos from past years. The website also includes a safety tip sheet. During Arizona Monsoon Awareness Week, ADOT will be using social media to engage Arizonans in spreading the word to “Pull Aside, Stay Alive.” In addition to blog posts and Facebook posts, the “Haboob Haiku Challenge” is back for a fourth year at their Twitter page. Use #HaboobHaiku. Anyone can channel their inner poet, but this year ADOT is asking the public to show off their creativity by providing poems about safe driving tips in dust storms.
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Tips for drivers who encounter a dust storm:
• Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers. • Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake. • Stay in the vehicle with your seatbelts buckled and wait for the storm to pass. • Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be especially aware of changing weather conditions and travel at reduced speeds in high wind. • A driver’s alertness and safe driving ability are always the top factors in preventing crashes. It is your responsibility to avoid distracted or impaired driving.
• Avoid driving into or through a dust storm. • If you encounter a dust storm, check traffic immediately around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down. • Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway – do it as soon as possible. Completely exit the highway if you can. • Do not stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane; look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway. • Stop your vehicle in a position ensuring it is a safe distance from the main roadway and away from where other vehicles may travel.
For more information on weather-related information on monsoon safety, please visit http://monsoonsafety.org.
Road Rules For Food Safety By Kristina Beaugh, MPH, Food Safety Education Staff, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA School’s out, bags are packed, and the car is fueled up. You’ve turned off the coffee pot, left a key for the cat sitter, and taken out the trash. Time to hit the road for a family vacation! But are you forgetting anything? Like many families, you are probably taking along food to save money and time on the road. But make sure this food is stored properly. Otherwise, your family vacation could be ruined by an unwanted case of food poisoning. Use these guidelines to be sure you and your family are food safe for the next road trip.
Plan Ahead Before you start packing lunches and snacks, be sure you have plenty of ice or frozen gel packs on hand. Some foods need to stay refrigerated during your trip while others are safe at room temperature.
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Deli and lunch meat sandwiches Summer salads (tuna, chicken, egg, pasta, seafood) Cut-up fruits and vegetables Perishable dairy products like milk and yogurt Raw meat and poultry to be cooked later
Foods That Can Be Left Out • • • •
Peanut butter sandwiches Whole fruit Crackers, chips, pretzels, nuts, popcorn, candy Bread
Pack It Safely Pack perishable foods directly from the refrigerator to the cooler. Use an insulated cooler or lunch box to help maintain food at a safe temperature throughout your trip. And remember, a full cooler will maintain its cold temperature longer than one that is partially filled.
Clean Hands Only Multiple people may be digging into the same bag of chips or trail mix throughout your trip. Protect your family from other disease-causing bacteria by keeping hands clean. Soap and water may not always be available so be sure to pack some moist towelettes and hand sanitizer. If you have any questions, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or visit AskKaren.gov to chat with a Food Safety Specialist. Follow @USDAFoodSafety Exit disclaimer on Twitter to receive daily tips and information on recalled food.
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Your Connection To The East/Southeast Valley
Editor Notes Ms Angela Smith Editor-in-Chief AZ LOCAL Dear Readers: Welcome to the debut issue of AZ LOCAL Magazine, East/Southeast Valley Edition. The cities and unincorporated areas of Pinal County and Maricopa County are vast. Being two of the three largest counties in Arizona with a combined population of nearly 4.5 millon people we saw a need for a place where residents could find information on all things local. And so, AZ LOCAL Magaine was born to provide you, dear reader, informtion on local busineses, local events, local government, everything local.
In our debut issue you will see Inside the PCSO, get the scoop on water safety from Rural Metro and economic development updates from city and county officials.
Mustangs in a Dust Storm Photo by Mark Troyer. Mark offers all types of photo prints, canvas, metal and acrylic photo wall art, custom flush mount albums, as well as some photographer services. Contact Mark at marktroyerphotos@ gmail.com
Haboob Picture (Page 4-5) courtesy of Alan Stark
Other Dust Storm Photos courtesy of: Chandra Smith Brittany Janiece Merriman Jessica Ruggiero
Other photos in this issue by: j_arred
You'll read about: * A tribute to our military and veterans * A local San Tan Valley couples Amazon success story * 4th of July Food, Fun and Safety * A worthy non-profit, working with veterans, that could use your help * Monsoon season * Two great local restaurants and a lot more. Enjoy and please share your thoughts and ideas for future issues.
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