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Upcoming events of interest to the public in the Warm Weather Real Estate market area.

Household Hazardous Waste Event Mesa AZ Oct. 17, 2015

Household Hazardous Waste Event

Mesa residents looking for a way to get rid of old cans of paint, batteries, pesticides, electronics, tires and prescription drugs are invited to bring these and other household hazardous waste materials to City sponsored collection events. The next event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the East Mesa Service Center, 6935 E. Decatur St. (east of Power Road, north of University). There is no cost to take advantage of this service. Household hazardous waste will only be accepted during the event dates and times and residents are asked to remain in their vehicles and refrain from smoking at all times while at the collection site.

Waste should be sealed in its original container if possible, and unmarked containers should be labeled if the contents are known.

Acceptable items:

• Paint, polishes & varnishes
• Fuel additives
• Pool chemicals
• Paint-related materials
• Smoke detectors
• Aerosol cans
• Adhesives
• Motor oil
• Antifreeze
• Appliances (limit 2)
• Gasoline & propane tanks
• Batteries
• Mercury
• Pesticides
• Electronics – TVs, computers, etc.
• Transmission fluid
• Automotive tires (limit 5); rims are accepted if the tire has been removed
• Fluorescent light bulbs
• Prescription & non-prescription drugs

Industrial waste, radioactive material, explosives, large truck tires and trash will not be accepted. Collected materials will either be recycled, reused or disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.

For more information, call City of Mesa Customer Service at (480) 644-2221 or visit

Missing In Arizona Day October 24, 2015, ASU West Campus


There is a graveyard in Tempe where the headstones read John or Jane Doe. This is where the remains of many unidentified people are buried.

But the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office sees them first, and goes to great lengths to identify bodies.

These long term cold cases just eat at me,” said forensic anthropologist Dr. Laura Fulginiti. “This was an individual found in the Superstition Mountains in 1992. He was shot twice in the back of the head.”

Dr. Fulginiti looks for the story hidden in the bones and creates a biological profile.

“My mission is to bridge the gap between the unidentified and the missing, dentally,” said her colleague, Dr. John Piakis.

Dr. Piakis is the forensic odontologist who adds to the story by taking x-rays of teeth and comparing them to dental information in a national data base.

“Since it’s the most resilient structure in the human body,” Dr. Piakis said. “We do get a high success rate as long as we get our anti-mortem records, the x-rays before death.”

The science combined with good police work gets an idea of age, gender, race and other information.

Christen Eggers coordinates the effort with police to try and solve the mysteries.

“We have over 2000 missing persons in Arizona and about 1300 unidentfied people,” Eggers said. “Some of these missing persons are going to be unidentified individuals.”

The numbers have led agencies to work together on Missing in Arizona Day. It will be a chance for families with missing relatives to provide more information.

“Families can come, check on their missing person’s report,” said Eggers. “They can bring photographs, dental information, anything regarding the missing person so we can get that into the data bases.

The event is on October 24th from 10 to 4 at ASU’s West Campus.

Families can possibly find closure, and the Medical Examiner’s Office can finish a story that in some cases began decades ago.

“When I hear that I have a 5-10 white male who has a bad back and a limp,” said Dr. Fulginiti. “I will say, ‘I know who that guy is. I have him in my lab and I would like to reunite him with his family.’”

Maricopa County Parks Bring Back Free Camping Offer

(Phoenix) – Beginning October 1, Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department will bring back the Buy One, Get One campaign!  The campaign allows park visitors who pay the camping fee for one night, or more, at a desert mountain county park to receive one night of equal or lesser value for free at any of the County’s desert parks during that same stay.

“This is the seventh year the department has offered the Buy One, Get One promotion,” said Chairman Steve Chucri, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, District 2.  “It is by far, one of the Parks Department’s most popular campaigns! Not only does it help them kick-off the busy camping season, it is a way we can say ‘thank you’ to loyal local customers.”

To receive the free night, park visitors must contact the Parks Call Center at (602) 506-2930 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The promotion will be applied to stays booked between October 1 and November 10, 2015. Reservations booked online or before September 8th are not eligible.

“While this promotion is not valid for reservations made online, I’d like to remind park visitors that they can still book their spring visit up to six months prior to arrival via the reservation system. The system allows visitors to take virtual tours of the campsites, view campsite specifications and reserve their favorite spots from the comfort of their home computers and laptops. Online reservations may be made at,” said R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Director.

Participating parks include:

1.       Cave Creek Regional Park. Located north of Phoenix, this park offers the illusion of being miles away from civilization. The campground has 38 individual developed campsites. Reservations may be booked by calling (623) 465-0431.

2.       Estrella Mountain Regional Park. Located near the meeting of the Gila and Agua Fria Rivers in the southwest Valley, the park includes a large wetland area. The park also offers seven developed campsites.  Reservations may be booked by calling
(623) 932-3811.

3.       McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Nestled in the lower Verde River basin, this park is a desert jewel in the northeast Valley. This park has 76 developed campsites that are perfect for RV or tent camping. Reservations may be booked by calling (480) 471-0173.

4.       Usery Mountain Regional Park. Located on the Valley’s east side, this park is located at the western end of the Goldfield Mountains, adjacent to the Tonto National Forest. The park offers 74 individual developed campsites which can accommodate either an RV or tent camping.  Reservations may be booked by calling (480) 984-0032.

5.       White Tank Mountain Regional Park. At nearly 30,000 acres, this is the largest regional park in Maricopa County. Most of the park is made up of the rugged and beautiful White Tank Mountains on the Valleys west side. The park offers 40 individual developed campsites for tent or RV camping. Reservations may be booked by calling (623) 935-2505.

At approximately 120,000 acres, Maricopa County is home to one of the largest regional park system in the United States.  The parks are located throughout the county and are all within a 45-minute drive from downtown Phoenix.  Some restrictions do apply. To learn more about this offer or a County park, visit or phone (602) 506-2930.


1.       Visitors interested in taking advantage of this offer must phone the Parks Call Center at (602) 506-2930 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. To make your reservation, select the park you are interested in reserving a campsite at, and you will be redirected to the park to book your reservation. Reservations may also be made by contacting the parks directly.

2.       Offer not valid for group campground reservations or unit fees.

3.       Limit of one free night per family, household and/or group in a seven day period (Monday through Sunday).

4.       Rain checks will not be issued if space is not available.

5.       Credits will not be issued to individuals who reserved campsites prior to September 8, 2015 for the October 1 through November 10, 2015 timeframe. However, this offer is valid on new reservations if individuals decide to extend their stay to take advantage of the promotion.

6.       Offer not valid at Lake Pleasant Regional Park.

7.       Offer is only valid for camping stays between October 1 through November 10, 2015.

Light Rail Extension News

Central Mesa light rail extension set to open seven months early

Beginning August 22, Valley Metro Rail will be traveling to new destinations along Main Street into downtown Mesa. With service beginning seven months earlier than scheduled, the Central Mesa extension will soon take riders beyond Sycamore to Mesa Drive.

“This is a very exciting day for Mesa,” said Mayor John Giles. “I’m proud of the professional staff that was involved in this. The city and Valley Metro did a great job on this project, which is being delivered ahead of schedule and on budget.”

Cheers broke out when Mayor John Giles and Mesa Councilmembers asked the light rail train at Center/Main Street to “move” and reveal the opening date.

“This has been a great project,” said Mesa Vice Mayor and Valley Metro Rail Board Chair Dennis Kavanaugh. “The city, Valley Metro and our contractor have worked so well together to make this happen really seamlessly. It’s a hallmark of rail construction here in the Valley.”

It’s anticipated that the three-mile extension, which began construction in June 2012, will add 5,000 daily riders. It is funded by a combination of regional and federal dollars, having received a $75 million Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant in fall 2012.

“We are pleased to bring light rail to the Mesa community seven months in advance,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “It is a true testament of our team’s skillful coordination and expertise that we continue our positive track record of delivering projects on time to the local community.”

Train testing continues on the extension. Trains will be moving on Main Street from Sycamore to Mesa Drive. System testing will ensure the safe start-up of service.

About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix, Mesa, and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2014, total ridership for the system was 72 million passengers. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008.

Eight light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 66-mile system by 2034. Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance.

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Maricopa County Delays Summer Fire Ban

May 13, 2015

The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department will initiate its annual fire ban on Tuesday, May 26. “Recent rain and cooler temperatures have enabled the Department to delay the implementation of the annual fire ban until after Memorial Day. This will provide park visitors the opportunity to enjoy campfires and cookouts over the holiday weekend,” said R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Director.

A fire ban is initiated to limit the possibility of starting a brush fire, which could cause serious damage to the parks.  The fire ban includes the use of campfires, fire pits and charcoal grills; however, it is still acceptable to use gas/propane grills in designated areas such as the ramada areas, semi-developed and developed camping sites, and along the shoreline at Lake Pleasant Regional Park. Violation of this park rule, Rule 113, may result in a citation.

“During this time of year, the National Weather Service tends to issue red flag warnings across central Arizona to alert land management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildfire ignition. When we experience high winds, the park supervisors have been authorized to issue a park specific temporary fire ban to ensure public safety and protect the park resources. When temporary fire bans are issued, information will be posted under the “alert tab” of the parks website page and park visitors will be notified as they enter the park,” added Cardin.

Smoking in the parks is still permissible, but all park users are strongly encouraged to be responsible in their use and ensure that all cigarettes are properly extinguished and placed in trash receptacles. A date to lift the fire ban has not been identified and will be determined by the amount of rain Maricopa County receives during the monsoon season.

The following Maricopa County parks are affected by the fire ban: Lake Pleasant Regional Park, White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Adobe Dam Regional Park, Buckeye Hills Regional Park, Estrella Mountain Regional Park (excludes turf area), San Tan Mountain Regional Park, Usery Mountain Regional Park, McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Cave Creek Regional Park, and Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. If you have any questions regarding the fire ban, call the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department at
(602) 506-2930, or visit