O’odham ancestors domesticated and dry-farmed newly described agave species on a vast scale

Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz. Scientists at Desert Botanical Garden and Archaeology Southwest recently published their discovery of a domesticated species of agave growing in ancient farm fields in southern Arizona’s San Pedro River valley. In the journal Systematic Botany, Wendy Hodgson and Andrew Salywon (Desert Botanical Garden) and William Doelle (Archaeology Southwest) describe the once-prolific crop, which they have named Agave sanpedroensis, as well as the archaeological evidence of its cultivation by ancient farmers of the Sonoran Desert, whom archaeologists associate with the Hohokam archaeological culture.

First-ever Draft Day awards $5,000 grants to 200 K-12 teachers, with local celebrities, community champions, Fiesta Bowl family informing teachers

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – As part of its mission to benefit Arizonans through youth, sports and education, the Fiesta Bowl organization and its Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers program, powered by DriveTime has donated $1 million to 200 Arizona teachers. This is believed to be the largest donation to Arizona teachers.

The full list of teachers who received a Wishes for Teachers grant may be found at https://fiestabowl.org/charities/wishes-for-teachers/2018-wishes-teachers-recipients/. At $5,000 each for 200 teachers across the state, 48,438 students, 182 schools, 85 School Districts and 38 cities will be positively impacted.

Minorities, veterans, jobless among others benefiting from Construction Academy

PHOENIX – An unemployed single mom of three, Iris Bost hoped to break into the male-dominated construction industry that would provide better pay than working retail.

Through a social media post, the 42-year-old Globe resident was excited to learn about an Arizona Department of Transportation-sponsored Construction Academy at Gila Community College. She signed up for the free apprenticeship program to learn carpentry and earned college credit too.

TUCSON, Ariz. – A Tucson man transporting four illegal aliens in a Ford Fusion fled from Willcox Border Patrol agents Thursday morning who were attempting to conduct an immigration inspection on Highway 80 near Tombstone.

When agents tried to stop the vehicle at approximately 7 a.m., the vehicle sped away toward Tombstone High School but stopped after crashing through a gate in front of the school. Five men bailed out of the vehicle in an attempt to escape on foot.

Helicopter flight crews from Air and Marine Operations and Cochise County Air responded to assist agents on the ground and soon all five suspects were apprehended.

PHOENIX — Firefighters plan to resume burnout operations related to the Bears Fire beginning on Sunday, August 19. Burning temporarily was suspended August 9 due to rainfall from monsoons.

If proper conditions continue, firefighters will burn an additional 1,800 acres of Ponderosa Pine and brush in the Mistake Peak and Picture fire scars and conclude burnout operations on Friday, August 24. To date, burnout operations have removed understory fuels from approximately 6,500 acres of pine.

2018 goal: Have 200 officers ready to administer Naloxone

PHOENIX – While working at ports of entry to ensure that commercial vehicles have the proper permits and can operate safely on state highways, Arizona Department of Transportation officers have to be ready for situations in which they’re called upon to help save a life.

That’s why nearly 100 officers, part of ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division, have been trained so far to identify opioid overdoses and administer a drug to reverse the effects.

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