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  • Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:00:32 +0000

    Officials closing Tonto National Forest on July 2 due to wildfire concerns; some lakes, roads still accessible

    Wildfires have burned more than 224,500 acres this year on the Tonto National Forest. Ongoing extreme fire danger due to dry conditions and hot temperatures following a wet winter that produced an abundance of dry brush and grass, have led Tonto officials to close the state’s largest national forest beginning at 6 a.m. on July 2.

    “We are currently seeing record setting fire danger conditions and new fire starts have become increasingly difficult to control. This closure represents the best option at this time to deal with these conditions, and both reduce risk to the public and protect their forest lands for the future.” Taiga Rohrer, Tonto National Forest Fire Management Officer said. “Additionally, it is extremely important that people travelling along highways through these areas ensure that their vehicles and trailers are in good condition and tow chains are properly secured to avoid causing roadside fires.”

    The Stage 3 Forest Closure means that all National Forest System lands contained within the Tonto are closed to the public, with the exception of the following:

    Open Areas

    • Roosevelt Lake – Beginning at the intersection of State Route (SR) 188 and Forest Route (FR) 84 Grapevine Road, then north along FR 84 to the east side of Grapevine Boat Ramp at the waterline of Roosevelt Lake. Then following the waterline east to the confluence of the Salt River. Then continuing along the Roosevelt Lake waterline northwest to the confluence of Tonto Creek. Then up Tonto Creek to FR 60 then southwest to SR 188 and southeast along SR 188 back to the intersection of FR 84. Note – Bermuda Flat, Cholla Bay and Bachelor Cove Shoreline Areas are closed.
    • Bartlett Reservoir – Beginning at Bartlett Dam along the waterline south and then east and then north up to the confluence of the Verde River. Then following the western waterline south down to the Yellow Cliffs Boat Ramp and SB Cove Day Use Areas which are open, then south down the waterline to the Rattlesnake Day Use Area which is open. Then south along the waterline to the Jojoba boat launch which is open, then up FR 19A to FR 19, then south to FR 185 and Bartlett Marina, which is open. Then back down to the waterline of Bartlett Reservoir and then south along waterline back to Bartlett Dam.
    • Canyon Lake – Starting at Mormon Flat Dam south along Mormon Flat Dam access road to SR 88 then east along SR 88 to Tortilla Creek Drainage then following drainage northwest to Canyon Lake waterline then along waterline to the base of Horse Mesa Dam then along waterline back to Mormon Flat Dam.
    • Saguaro Lake & Lower Salt River – Starting at Stewart Mountain Dam following waterline east to Mormon Flat Dam then along waterline west to the courtesy dock near the end of Forest Road 206 (Saguaro Del Norte Recreation Area) above the lake. Then following FR 206B to the Bush Highway, then north along the Bush Highway to SR 87 then along SR 87 to the Forest Boundary. Then following the Forest Boundary south and west and across the Salt River to the Bush Highway. Then along Bush Highway east to the Blue Point Bridge, then following the southern bank of the Salt River around east back to the Stewart Mountain Dam. Houston Mesa Campground – Elk, Black Bear, and Mountain Lion Loops
    • Tortilla Flat Restaurant
    • Roosevelt Lakeview Mobile Home Park off of SR 188 at Roosevelt Lake, but not beyond the park.

    Open Roads

    • Bush Highway (FR 204)
    • FR 19 to Bartlett Reservoir Jojoba Boat Launch and Bartlett Marina
    • FR 459A to Rattlesnake Day Use Area
    • FR 459 to Yellow Cliffs Boat Launch and SB Cove Day Use Area
    • FR 582 from SR 87 to the Buckhead Mesa Landfill
    • FR 583 from SR 87 to Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

    According to Neil Bosworth, Forest Supervisor, the decision is rooted in public and firefighter safety during the extreme fire danger currently being experienced throughout Arizona. “We understand that closing the Tonto impacts businesses, partner agencies and the public as well as our restoration and other work on the forest,” Bosworth said. “Everyone is prohibited from entering the forest, unless specifically permitted for emergency activities.

    “Steps to minimize the risk of fires and the danger to people are more important than recreation at the moment” Bosworth added. Violations of these restrictions are punishable as a Class B misdemeanor, which means a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment of up to six months, or both.

    Fines and punishments are determined by a federal court judge.

    The detailed closure order can be found on the Tonto National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/tonto by clicking on the Closure Orders & Restrictions in Effect link.

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  • Tue, 30 Jun 2020 02:00:34 +0000

    Major movie releases set to premiere in theaters postponed once again due to COVID-19 crisis

    Many major movies have been pushed back yet again due to a public health pandemic.

    Originally slated to be seen on the big screen July 10, Selena Gomez latest, “The Broken Hearts Gallery,” has been moved to August 7.

    Another substantial release, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is now scheduled for August 12.

    Another highly anticipated Disney film, Mulan is now set to show in theaters August 21. Below is the complete 2020-2021 movie release calendar.

    MOVIE RELEASE SCHEDULE (Phoenix) 2020-2021 Updated

    Friday, 8/7/20:
    THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY – TriStar Pictures
    THE EMPTY MAN – 20th Century Studios

    Wednesday, 8/12/20: TENET – Warner Bros. Pictures

    Friday, 8/14/20:
    THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD starring Dev Patel – Searchlight Pictures
    GREENLAND – STXfilms

    Friday, 8/21/20:
    MULAN – Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
    THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN – Disney+

    Friday, 8/28/20: SPELL (thriller)

    Friday, 9/4/20:
    MONSTER HUNTER – Screen Gems
    A QUIET PLACE PART II – Paramount Pictures

    Friday, 9/11/20:
    THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT – Warner Bros. Pictures
    2 HEARTS – Entertainment Studios

    Friday, 9/18/20: THE KING’S MAN – 20th Century Studios

    Friday, 9/25/20: THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Paramount Pictures (limited)

    Friday, 10/2/20:
    WONDER WOMAN 1984 – Warner Bros. Pictures
    TOM CLANCY’S WITHOUT REMORSE – Paramount Pictures

    Friday, 10/9/20:
    DEATH ON THE NILE – 20th Century Studios
    THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Paramount Pictures (expansion)

    Friday, 10/16/20
    THE FRENCH DISPATCH – Searchlight Pictures
    THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Paramount Pictures (wide)

    Friday, 10/23/20
    SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS – Paramount Pictures
    CONNECTED – Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation

    Friday, 11/6/20: BLACK WIDOW – Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Friday, 11/13/20
    DEEP WATER – 20th Century Studios
    CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG – Paramount Pictures

    Friday, 11/20/20: SOUL – Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Wednesday, 11/25/20: HAPPIEST SEASON – TriStar Pictures

    Friday, 12/11/20: FREE GUY – 20th Century Studios

    Friday, 12/18/20
    DUNE – Warner Bros. Pictures
    WEST SIDE STORY – 20th Century Studios
    COMING 2 AMERICA – Paramount Pictures

    Wednesday, 12/23/20: TOP GUN: MAVERICK – Paramount Pictures

    Friday, 1/08/21: THE LAST DUEL – Dir. Ridley Scott, Starring Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Ben Affleck, Written by Matt Damon & Ben Affleck

    Friday, 1/22/21: EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE – 20th Century Studios

    2/12/21: THE ETERNALS

    2/26/21: RON’S GONE WRONG

    3/12/21: RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON

    4/9/21: BOB’S BURGERS

    5/7/21: SHANG CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS

    5/28/21:
    CRUELLA

    INFINITE Dir. Antoine Fuqua (Magnificient Seven, Equalizer) Stars Mark Wahlberg, co-written by John Lee Hancock (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil)

    7/30/21: JUNGLE CRUISE

    Friday, 8/27/21: THE BEATLES: GET BACK Dir. Peter Jackson

    10/15/21: HAMILTON

    11/5/21: DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS

    12/17/21: AVATAR 2

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  • Tue, 30 Jun 2020 01:05:02 +0000

    Governor Doug Ducey responds to Arizona being ninth highest state in the nation with COVID-19 cases

    There have been at least 74,589 cases of coronavirus in Arizona, according to a New York Times database. 45,178 of those cases are in Maricopa county.

    As a result, Governor Doug Ducey has signed an executive order prohibiting large gatherings. This includes bars, indoor gyms, indoor movie theaters, water parks and tubing rentals. The new enforcement goes into effect 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 29. It will remain in effect until July 27, according to the governor’s website.

    In addition, Governor Ducey announced, in coordination with Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman, the first day of school for in-person learning will be delayed until August 17, 2020. Schools will be able to conduct distance learning before then should they choose.

    Furthermore, any organized events of more than 50 people are prohibited, even if appropriate physical distancing is possible. This is effective June 29, 2020.

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  • Tue, 23 Jun 2020 21:38:32 +0000

    Livestream concert “Global Goal: Unite for Our Future,” Saturday June 27 will feature numerous pop culture personalities

    Looking for some at-home entertainment this weekend? 88.7 The Pulse has you covered with the news of yet another livestream concert featuring your favorite Pulse artists and more!

    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will host the next Global Citizen streaming concert.

    The June 27 livestreamed weekend event, titled “Global Goal: Unite for Our Future — The Concert,” will “celebrate innovators, scientists, health workers, activists and organizations” working to fight the spread of COVID-19.

    Performers include Shakira, Coldplay, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Quavo, J Balvin, and Christine and the Queens. Chris Rock, Hugh Jackman, Kerry Washington, Charlize Theron, and others will also make appearances.

    Global Citizen previously organized the “One World: Together at Home” virtual benefit concert along with Lady Gaga.

    Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube will stream the concert Saturday. It will also be broadcast on TV.

    The world premiere is Saturday, June 27. To find out when it will air in your area, check local listings and GlobalGoalUnite.com for updates.

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  • Tue, 23 Jun 2020 20:38:30 +0000

    The average age of those testing positive for COVID-19 is falling fast

    States are reopening and young people are going out again. Epidemiologist Natalie Dean calls this scenario “not a good one,” since those people could also spread the virus to high-risk individuals through their workplaces. Additionally, we still don’t know the long-term effects of COVID-19 on young, otherwise healthy people who make a full recovery. Scientists aren’t sure why some people remain sick for months or experience chronic damage to the lungs or other organs.

    The median age of people who tested positive was 52, as of April 26, 2020. That number continues to drop for the seventh consecutive week down to 35 on June 14, 2020.

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  • Sat, 20 Jun 2020 01:01:22 +0000

    Valley movie theaters begin re-opening with new health and safety measures in place

    Are you ready to start climbing the walls at home? You may want to put on your mask, grab your hand sanitizer, and head to the movies!

    Here is your extensive guide to all Arizona movie theater re-openings:

    Fat Cats in Mesa offers 8 auditoriums of entertainment. Additionally, two offer Dolby Atmos sound which surrounds you! They are re-open and ready to entertain you! Movies are only five bucks!

    Fat Cats in Gilbert features 6 screens of movie fun. They are also re-open and ready to entertain you! Movies are only five bucks!

    Digital Drive-In AZ in Mesa and Peoria are now open. Their massive 24’ x 40’ digital high def screen is a first in the state of Arizona. Each night offers a different film to enjoy. Cost is $22 per carload.

    West Wind Glendale 9 Drive-In is now open in the west valley. Prices are $7.75 per person.

    Roadhouse Cinemas Scottsdale 11 re-opened Wed June 10.

    Cinemark Mesa 16 re-opens July 3. Per local laws, face masks will be required.

    Regal Cinemas Gilbert 14 will re-open July 10. It’s just in time for Selena Gomez latest feature, Broken Hearts Gallery. Masks will be required and theater capacity will be limited to 50%.

    AMC, the nation’s largest movie theater chain will re-open 450 locations on July 15 and 150 more on July 24. AMC currently owns 12 theaters in Arizona with a total of 198 screens. Masks will be required and theater capacity will be limited to 30%. For those who are A-list members, AMC will resume charging you on July 15th.

    Flix Brewhouse Chandler 9 is scheduled to open it’s doors July 31st. That’s when Christopher Nolan’s Tenet will premiere.

    Alamo Drafthouse, with three locations in Chandler (9 screens), Gilbert (7 screens), and Tempe (7 screens), said Friday its reopening plans are forthcoming. Meanwhile, you can currently find online content here.

    Cinema Latino in West Phoenix (6 screens) has not announced any plans to re-open as of yet.

    FilmBar (1 screen), an indy theater in downtown Phoenix, has reopened its theater for private showings. You can rent the entire theater for $125 total for two hours. That includes you and up to nine others. They are currently sold out through July 30th though. If you prefer to search content online instead, try here.

    Harkins Theatres, which is based in Arizona, has not yet announced its reopening plans. You can, however, pick up a Big Party Popcorn for $10 curbside for movie night at home.

    Picture Show, which has locations in Mesa (8 screens), Paradise Valley, and Tucson, has opened one theater in Colorado, but has not yet announced opening plans for its Arizona locations.

    Pollack Tempe Cinemas 6, an independent discount theater, remains closed. However, a poster for Mulan, a live-action Disney movie set to debut July 24, is shown.

    Super Saver Cinemas 8 in Phoenix, a discount theater, has not made any announcement regarding re-opening plans.

    Studio Movie Grill has begun to reopen some of its theaters, but an opening date for Scottsdale 9 has not been announced. Meanwhile, you can rent the theater for $200 for a private screening.

    UltraStar Cinemas 12 at Ak-Chin Circle in Maricopa is currently showing Nightly Movies Under the Stars at 7 p.m on the Ultrastar Amphitheater Lawn. Guests can cool off on the Splash Pad starting at 5:30 p.m daily.

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  • Fri, 19 Jun 2020 22:33:11 +0000

    Mandatory mask wearing now required in some Arizona cities, offenders may face fine if not in compliance

    Earlier Friday, Arizona health officials reported a single-day record of 3,246 new COVID-19 cases. (KTAR) The statewide total of COVID-19 cases currently stands at 46,706. This now puts the copper state with the 15th most cases in any U.S state. (New York Times) In Maricopa county alone, 1 out of every 164 people have COVID-19 and numbers are rising rapidly. (Arizona Department of Health)

    A statewide requirement of mask wearing is not in place at the moment. As a result, several cities have implemented their own policies.

    The Phoenix City Council voted to enforce wearing masks in public for all people over the age of six. The policy goes into effect 6 a.m. Saturday, June 20. Those who choose not to follow the new law could be fined up to $250.

    In the East Valley, Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke announced via Twitter that anyone over the age of 6 must wear a face mask in businesses and public places, effective 2 p.m Friday, June 19.

    Gilbert ordered a mandatory mask wearing policy starting Friday, June 19 at 5 p.m. The emergency order will remain in effect for at least 30 days.

    Scottsdale officials released a statement saying masks will be mandatory in the city, beginning 5 p.m. on Friday, June 19.

    The City of Tempe now requires face coverings in public places which applies at grocery and retail stores, restaurants and bars, transit, and hotels.

    Several other cities around the Valley, including Mesa, issued proclamations Thursday stating mask-wearing in public settings was going to take effect immediately.

    The number of coronavirus cases reported in Arizona has been rising at a faster rate than testing has increased since the state’s stay-at-home order expired last month.

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  • Fri, 19 Jun 2020 21:40:39 +0000

    Relentless Beats Partners with iHeartRaves to Donate 10,000 Surgical Masks to Gila River Health Care

    Phoenix, AZ (June 19, 2020) – As the World continues to navigate its way through a COVID-19 climate, Relentless Beats and iHeartRaves have come together for some goodwill on behalf of the entertainment community. Initially approached by iHeartRaves looking to do good in the Phoenix Community, Relentless Beats tapped as the recipient of 10,000 FDA approved, triple-layer disposable surgical masks for their essential and frontline workers.

    “We have made great strides in our fight against COVID-19, we are committed to our efforts, and we will continue to move forward as we work to contain this disease,” says GRHC interim chief executive officer Dr. Anthony Santiago “Relentless Beats and iHeartRaves have been extraordinarily generous with their donation, and we thank them for their generosity and support. This donation will further assist our employees and, in particular, our frontline workers who continue to provide care for our patients.”

    The donation and partnership is a bright light on an otherwise uncertain horizon for the music industry, which faces the challenge of trying to find a new balance both in venues, as well as large format festivals for which Relentless Beats has become known. With a successful Road Rave drive-in music festival in its rearview mirror and a return to events just on the horizon, Arizona’s leading dance music and EDM promoter remains vigilant in its pledge to find new ways in which to bring fans together in a safe and socially responsible way.

    Visit www.relentlessbeats.com for the most up-to-date information on all Relentless Beats events. Stay connected on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RelentlessBeats and Facebook at www.facebook.com/RelentlessBeats.

    ABOUT GILA RIVER HEALTH CARE

    The Gila River Indian Community is the largest Native American community in the Phoenix area and is home to the Akimel O’otham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) people. With the efforts of its forefathers, Gila River Health Care established a healthcare system decades ago to care for the healthcare needs of its people. Today, Gila River Health Care is a vast, self-governed tribal healthcare system that continues on a path to expand its world-class facilities, maintain service excellence, and provide advanced healthcare for Native Americans. Gila River Health Care is focused on its vision and mission statements as these principles emphasize the determination to operationalize a healthcare system that is responsive, respectful, compassionate, and empowering for patients.   GRHC provides healthcare services to all Native Americans from federally recognized tribal communities. Services are offered from its three main campuses and additional service points across the seven districts of the Gila River Indian Community. Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital serves as the anchor campus and is located in Sacaton, AZ. The Komatke Health Center Campus is located in Laveen, AZ, and provides support to the Ak-Chin Clinic, a GRHC satellite health center located in Maricopa, AZ. In 2018, GRHC opened Hau’pal (Red Tail Hawk) Health Center to serve the needs of urban Native Americans living in the Phoenix area.

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  • Tue, 16 Jun 2020 19:31:27 +0000

    7-Eleven’s Slurpee Day canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic but drinks will be free in July

    Convenience store chain 7-Eleven announced Tuesday they are canceling its annual Free Slurpee Day due to coronavirus concerns.

    JKX1WP A Slurpee lover displays her free drink outside a 7-Eleven store in New York on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 (7-11, get it?), Free Slurpee Day!  (© Richard B. Levine)

    This will be the first time since the tradition started in 2002 that the store has had to cancel its birthday celebration on July 11.

    Customers can still get a free Slurpee thought throughout July if they have 7REWARDS. On July first reward members will receive a coupon for one free medium Slurpee in their account.

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  • Tue, 16 Jun 2020 01:22:08 +0000

    LGBT community cannot be fired from their job due to their orientation according to SCOTUS

    The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday expanding LGBT employment protections. The measure passed with a 6-3 vote. The court ruled that a provision in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that bars job discrimination because of sex applies to LGBT workers. Conservative justices Neil Gorsuch and John Roberts joined the liberal justices in the majority. Justices Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, and Clarence Thomas dissented.

    In a dissenting opinion, Alito wrote that the provision, known as Title VII, should not apply to the LGBT community. He claims sex is different from sexual orientation or gender identity.

    This is the first major LGBT case since Brett Kavanaugh took over the seat left vacant by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired in 2018. Kennedy was the author of the 2015 ruling that made same-sex marriage legal in the U.S.

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