February 12, 2020

Mother Nature caused a massive traffic jam in the Valley in the spring of 1965. For the first time in 24 years, heavy winter snowfall in northern Arizona resulted in sustained high flows in the usually dry Salt River channel.

The water came primarily from its major trib...

February 3, 2020


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This article originally appeared in the Arizona Contractor & Community magazine, Jan/Feb 2020 issue, Vol. 9, No.1. The Arizona Contractor & Community magazine is a bi-monthly publicatio...

January 31, 2020

Theodore Roosevelt was a busy man when he arrived in Phoenix in 1911 to dedicate the dam named after him. He had championed the passage of a federal reclamation act in 1902, which spurred dam construction nationwide. Theodore Roosevelt Dam was the first federal reclama...

January 14, 2020

ACC magazine begins our ninth year of publication with a special issue focused on the lifeblood of the Valley: The Salt River. We explore the river’s dams, canals, bridges, aggregate operations, and habitat restoration projects. The Salt River had its first modern util...

January 6, 2020

Scottsdale went “hi-fi” in 1961 when the Executive House Arizonian opened in the “West’s Most Western Town.” The $3 million, 210-room resort at 4823 North Scottsdale Road, located just north of Camelback Road, was built with five wings facing a central patio. The Chica...

December 30, 2019

One of the Valley’s most innovative mid-century construction companies was started in 1949 on a shoestring budget by brothers, Harry and John Riskas. The office of H & J Construction Co. was a converted barbershop, and Betty Riskas, John’s wife, provided much of their...

December 3, 2019

Before Wayne Newton was "Mr. Las Vegas," he was a budding teenage star in Phoenix. He performed with his brother, Jerry Newton, as the "Rascals in Rhythm" locally, including on the Lew King Show.

Another child performer who appeared on the these broadcasts was Linda Sue...

November 13, 2019

Some would say the entrepreneurial journey for Daniel and Leane Owen has come full circle. They say they’re just getting started.

Earlier this year, the husband-and-wife team founded Tenec Coatings, a contracting business offering concrete coatings installation, floorin...

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