Friday, January 29, 2016

El Niño storms keep ADOT crews busy repairing potholes

One-two punch of precipitation, traffic takes toll on asphalt

PHOENIX – This winter’s El Niño-fueled storms are leaving the Arizona Department of Transportation and drivers with some bumpy reminders of the one-two punch our highways take from Mother Nature and traffic.

The good news is ADOT crews regularly examine state highways for potholes and address them as quickly as possible, making short-term patches followed by long-term repairs.

But conditions that lead to potholes will keep coming, including a storm forecast for early next week, meaning drivers should be keep eye out. How many potholes develop depends in part on how much rain and snow falls.

Potholes can pop up quickly when moisture seeps into and below asphalt, which can be stressed by the combination of freezing overnight temperatures and daytime thawing. Add traffic, and that pavement can break away.

The Flagstaff area usually experiences more than 200 daily freeze-thaw cycles each year, creating a challenge for ADOT maintenance crews in that region. They have stayed busy with pothole repairs since a weeklong series of storms swept across the state in early January. 

But even in the state’s warmer regions, where freezing doesn’t occur as often, pothole repair comes with the territory after storms roll through. Given predictions of a wetter-than-normal winter, crews likely will face more bumps in the road.

“Our work doesn’t stop when the snowplows are put away,” said Brent Cain, the ADOT assistant director in charge of the Transportation Systems Management and Operations Division. “Our crews put in long hours to keep the pavement as smooth as possible. It’s a real challenge to keep up with Mother Nature and heavy traffic.”

When storms create potholes, highway workers make initial temporary repairs as soon as possible with patches made from a product called Universal Paving Material, which is heated, placed in the damaged area and tamped down.

More permanent repairs come after the pavement has had time to dry out. That work involves the use of a milling machine to remove a section of pavement around the pothole. In some cases the milled pavement is reused by placing it in an asphalt recycler machine that heats the material on site. A sticky oil is sprayed into the milled area being fixed before the recycled asphalt is placed on top. Crews finish the repair by using a heavy compaction roller to smooth out the pavement.

This type of work on Phoenix-area freeways almost always takes place at night, when there is less traffic. Along a busy freeway, ADOT’s goal is make repairs with most drivers never noticing the work taking place.

Drivers who want to pass along pothole locations on state highways can notify ADOT by visiting the agency’s website atazdot.gov and clicking on “Contact” in the upper right corner of the home page.

The annual cost of pothole and other pavement repairs depends on the severity of a winter season. ADOT usually plans on approximately 10 percent of its winter operations budget being spent on pothole repair.


Since Arizona has been experiencing drier conditions over many of the past 15 years, fixing potholes hasn’t been quite the same challenge. Depending on what Mother Nature and El Niño deliver in the coming months, that could change in 2016.

Eastbound I-10 ramps at State Route 83 east of Tucson to close overnight Sunday

Eastbound I-10 ramps at State Route 83 east of Tucson to close overnight Sunday
 

The eastbound Interstate 10 ramps at State Route 83 east of Tucson will be closed overnight Sunday (Jan. 31) for paving operations.

Both the on-ramp and off-ramp on eastbound I-10 at Exit 281 will be closed from 10 p.m. Sunday until approximately 8 a.m. Monday (Feb. 1).

While the ramps are closed, eastbound I-10 traffic can exit at Vail Road (Exit 279) and return to SR 83 using the frontage road. Motorists using SR 83 to access eastbound I-10 can use the frontage road and return to I-10 using Vail Road.

The work is part of a $15.1 million project to repave 17 miles of I-10 between Tucson and Benson and replace the westbound I-10 bridge at Davidson Canyon.

ADOT advises drivers to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center atwww.az511.gov or call 511.


For more information about this project, please call C.T. Revere, ADOT Senior Community Relations Officer, at 1.520.705.3574 or email at crevere@azdot.gov.

We all have our habits flossing, napping, e-mailing a naked photo


We all have our habits flossing, napping, e-mailing a naked photo. You wouldn't think the last would be especially common, yet 41% of the women Self magazine polled have e-mailed or used their cell to send nude images of themselves. Why are so many of us giving up our privacy? "These are sent in the heat of the moment, with no thought of the consequences. Technology makes it almost too easy," says Julie Albright, Ph.D., a sociologist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. But easy doesn't mean without risks. "I sent a photo of my chest to my boyfriend's cell when he was visiting his parents," said one participate. "Unfortunately, his dad picked up the phone and began scrolling through the photos. He figured out who sent it, and I haven't been able to look him in the eye ever since."

All of us believe we are safe drivers


Almost all of us believe we are safe drivers, but 75% are guilty of DWD -- driving while distracted. According to a study from Nationwide Insurance, such distractions include talking on a cell phone, typing or reading a text message, daydreaming, adjusting music, eating and drinking. Almost 80% say they have been in a vehicle with a distracted driver behind the wheel, and more than 40% have been hit or almost hit by another driver who was talking on a cell phone while driving. The survey found that DWD can be squarely blamed on technology and our societal mindset to be available at all times. 48% considered cell phones to be the most dangerous distraction.

America's favorite movie star is

America's favorite movie star is Tom Hanks. His roles have taken him into the past and the future, into space and into a child's toy chest, and this year Tom Hanks has been crowned America's favorite movie star, according to a Harris Poll of 2,252 U.S. adults. To get to the top spot, he beat out Denzel Washington. Hanks, who was number one last year but dropped to number three this year. Johnny 

Depp captured the second slot.

The top 10 favorite movie stars are:
1. Tom Hanks
2. Johnny Depp
3. Denzel Washington
4. John Wayne
5. Harrison Ford
6. Sandra Bullock
7. Jennifer Lawrence
8. Clint Eastwood
9. Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts (tie)
More facts to know and tell:

  • This is Hanks' fifth time at the top of the list with previous wins in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2013. In 2015, he was number 5--so this is quite a leap to number 1.
  • John Wayne has the distinction of being the only actor to be on this list every year since 1994 -- even though he has been dead since 1979!
  • Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts returned to the top 10 list this year, while Meryl Streep and Angelina Jolie dropped off.
  • By gender, women chose Johnny Depp as their favorite movie star, while men like John Wayne.

DID YOU KNOW?

DID YOU KNOW?


  • According to a recent survey of drivers all over the U.S., more than half said that seeing police lights in their rearview mirror is the most stressful thing they could encounter on the way to work.
  • An online poll revealed that 53% of people feel taking a class or group activity is the best way to meet someone.
  • The average woman has a favorite piece of clothing for 13 years.
  • Over 85% of Americans over age 100 still alive today live in urban areas or in and around cities.
  • A Career Builder.com survey says that 11% of people say they missed work because of bad weather.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Paul Kantner, the founding member, guitarist and singer for Jefferson Airplane, and then Jefferson Starship, has died reports Rolling Stone. He was 74.
  • Former American Idol contestant Pia Toscano is engaged... to a guy she says Jennifer Lopez introduced her to a couple of years ago.
  • Paul Kantner, a founding member of Jefferson Airplane, died of multiple organ failure after suffering a heart attack earlier in the week. He was 74.
  • Rihanna is offering a free download of her new album at smarturl.it/RihANTI with the password ANTI.
  • Kanye and Whiz Khalifa are having a Twitter feud.
  • Joseph Fiennes has been chosen to play Michael Jackson for an upcoming British TV comedy. He's white.
  • Just in time for Super Bowl 50, one of Budweiser's Clydesdales gave birth to a cute-as-can be baby.
  • A report says that 54-million Americans, one third of the work force are either freelance, self-employed or subcontractors in what they're calling the "gig" economy.
  • Maine Governor Paul LePage says the guillotine should be brought back for drug traffickers.
  • Officials in California are looking for thieves who stole nearly $50,000 worth of bull semen.
  • A matador in Spain is under investigation after a video surfaced of him bullfighting while holding his 5-month-old baby girl in his arms.
  • Tyra Banks and her boyfriend have had a little boy... with the help of a surrogate mother.
  • For NBA All-Star weekend (same weekend as Valentine's Day) Cirque du Soleil will perform in the pre-game activities, Sting will perform at half-time of the game and Drake and Kevin Hart will coach the teams in the celebrity All-Star Game.


ON THIS DAY

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1845, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" was published under a pseudonym in the New York Evening Mirror. You know, I wish they had another name for pseudonym.

In 1861, Kansas became a state. Up until then, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz had no idea where she wasn't.

On this date in 1886, Carl Benz patented the very first successful gas-engine car, a 3-wheel machine with a top speed of 10 mph.
  • Or, as it's known in Miami, speeding.
  • It was basically the size of a smart car. Amazing how we've come full circle.
  • It took over 120 years before Toyota could perfect the one with a sticking gas pedal.

In 1904, the University of Chicago football team became the first athletes to receive letters. Until that time, no one knew what to call letterman's jackets.

On this date in 1920, Walt Disney got his first job as an artist for $40 a week.
  • It wasn't long before he left that Mickey Mouse operation and started one of his own.
  • He promised himself to work hard and eventually get out of that Mickey Mouse job.
  • Today, that'll get you one authentic Mickey Mouse plush doll.
  • I suppose the good news was that you could get paid with just one bill.

In 1924, the first ice cream cone rolling machine was invented. Of course, eventually college students used it for something else.

On this date in 1963 The Football Hall Of Fame opens in Canton, Ohio. Yes, it started out as a hall and then eventually, they added some rooms, but the name stuck.

Johnny Lang turns 35 today. If you see him, don't say "How's it Langin'?" He's heard it before. Lang is the biggest thing to come out of Fargo, North Dakota, since the corn husker. Doesn't it seem like he's been around a lot longer than that?

Sara Gilbert, who played Darlene on the "Roseanne" show, now a co-host on "The Talk," turns 41 today. She's not only come out, but she's boarded up the closet.

Heather Graham turns 46 today. For a while, she was a hot property in Hollywood. Then, the real estate collapse.

It's Oprah's birthday today. Number 62 and everybody wins a free car! What do you get for the woman that owns everything. I mean, literally, owns everything. She even owns this joke!

Tom Selleck turns 71 today. What a career -- from Marlboro Man, to Monica's boyfriend on "Friends," to "Blue Bloods." Oh, that "Magnum PI" thing for a while. Nice when you can work in Hawaii. Len Cariou who plays his father Henry on "Blue Bloods" is only 6 years older than Sellack.

Puzzle Day -- Doing crossword puzzles can slash your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by almost 50%. A five-year study of 800 older people, conducted by scientists at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that older folks who kept their minds active by doing crosswords and reading were 47 percent less likely to be stricken with the dreaded disease than folks who put their brains in neutral.

So, if Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are our two choices for president, I think Hillary's strategy is clear: for her vice-president, chose Megyn Kelly.

A new survey says that Americans hate their government more than ever. I don't think there's a chance of that going down with April 15th right around the corner.

Tidiness guru Marie Kondo says that people have three times more stuff than they need. I saw that story on 7 of my 10 TV's.

A dead gambler in Puerto Rico was embalmed and propped up at a poker table. If you're gambling down there and you notice the guy to your left is taking a really long time to decide if he's in... could be him.!

A survey says that American consumers are optimistic about the economy. At least, until the winning lottery numbers are announced.

A medical panel recommends all American adults should be screened for depression. That makes me sad. Oh-oh...

Shaquille O'Neal says he was "paid very well" when he played at LSU. That shoots down the "$1 for every free-throw made" theory.

A study says the Venus flytrap actually calculates when it kills its prey. Now, for science to step in and create the Venus Boss-trap.

A Canadian engineer designed a plane that can fly passengers from New York to London in 11 
minutes using a new technology called LPM or long penetration mode. The first flight will be filled with comedy writers, just so we can get all the jokes out of the way at once.

TOP FIVE DISNEY CHARACTERS THAT NEVER CAUGHT ON
  1. Benito the Mosquito
  2. Stupido
  3. Gail the Snail
  4. Sally Sloth
  5. Marty Maggot

For Desert Radio AZ, I’m Crusty Windbreaker

Music Calendar...

Music Calendar...
   In 1781 Mozart's opera "Idomeneo" premieres in Munich, Germany.
   In 1958 The Champs' single "Tequila" is released.
   In 1962 Peter, Paul & Mary sign with Warner Brothers Records.
   In 1964 The Beatles record German versions of "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and
           "She Loves You" at the Marconi Studios in Paris.
   In 1966 "I Fought The Law" by the Bobby Fuller Four and "Working My Way Back
           To You" by the 4 Seasons both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1967 The Who and Jimi Hendrix stage a concert face-off as part of a
           tribute to the late Beatles' manager Brian Epstein.
   In 1971 Allen Klein, who once controlled the finances of the Beatles and the
           Rolling Stones, is found guilty of tax evasion.
   In 1972 "Everything I Own" by Bread enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1973 Johnny Rivers receives a gold record for "Rockin' Pneumonia Boogie
           Woogie Flu."
   In 1975 "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" by Elton John is certified gold.
   In 1977 "So Into You" by the Atlanta Rhythm Section enters the U.S. top 40
           chart.
   In 1977 "Car Wash" by Rose Royce is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1979 After ten years together Emerson, Lake and Palmer disband.
   In 1981 Creem Magazine's publisher Barry Kramer dies at age 37.
   In 1983 Men At Work becomes the first act since Rod Stewart in 1971 to top
           the singles and album charts simultaneously in the U.S. and Britain
           with the album "Business As Usual" and the single "Down Under."
   In 1983 Stevie Nicks marries Ken Anderson.
   In 1983 Chrissie Hynde and Ray Davies have their first baby.
   In 1990 Newsweek quotes Paul McCartney as saying, "Somebody said to me the
           Beatles were anti-materialistic. That's a huge myth."
   In 1992 The Starlight Foundation names Paula Abdul its 1992 Humanitarian of
           the Year.
   In 1992 Natalie Cole's album "Unforgettable With Love Natalie Cole" is
           certified quadruple platinum.
   In 1993 MTV bans Paul McCartney's "Bad Boys Bickering" because it included
           the f-word seven times.
   In 1994 "Without You" by Mariah Carey enters the U.S. singles chart.
   In 1995 Arturo Sandoval, Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle perform at halftime
           during Super Bowl XXIX in Miami.
   In 1996 Fire destroys Italy's opera house La Fenice.
   In 1996 The Eagles and Garth Brooks are triple winners at the 23rd annual
           American Music Awards.
   In 1997 Savage Garden's single "I Want You" is released.
   In 1997 Merle Haggard's album "His Epic-The First Eleven-To Be Continued"
           is certified platinum.
   In 1998 Opening three weeks behind schedule, Paul Simon's musical "The
           Capeman" premieres in New York to poor reviews.
   In 1998 Celine Dion's single "My Heart Will Go On" is released.
   In 1998 Marcy Playground's album "Marcy Playground" is certified gold.
   In 1999 Pink Floyd's album "The Division Bell" goes triple platinum, while

           the Dixie Chicks' CD "Wide Open Spaces" goes quadruple platinum.

Today In History..

Today In History...
   In 1820 Britain's King George III dies insane at Windsor Castle.
   In 1845 Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" is published under a pseudonym in the
           New York Evening Mirror.
   In 1850 Henry Clay introduces in the Senate a compromise bill on slaverey
           which included the admission of California into the Union as a free
           state.
   In 1861 Kansas becomes the 34th U.S. state.
   In 1886 Carl Benz patents the first successful gas-engine car, a 3-wheel
           machine with a top speed of 10mph.
   In 1900 The American League is organized with 8 baseball teams in
           Philadelphia.
   In 1904 The University of Chicago football team receives the first athletic
           letters.
   In 1920 Walt Disney starts his first job as an artist at $40 a week.
   In 1924 The ice cream cone rolling machine is patented.
   In 1936 The first members of Baseball's Hall of Fame, including Ty Cobb and
           Babe Ruth, are named in Cooperstown, New York.
   In 1939 Irish poet-dramatist William Butler Yeats dies in Menton, France.
   In 1956 Editor-essayist H.L. Mencken dies in Baltimore.
   In 1958 Actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward are married.
   In 1959 Walt Disney's animated feature "Sleeping Beauty" is released.
   In 1963 The Football Hall Of Fame opens in Canton, Ohio.
   In 1963 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost dies in Boston.
   In 1979 President Carter formally welcomes Chinese Vice Premier Deng
           Xiaoping to the White House, following the establishment of
           diplomatic relations.
   In 1985 The White House confirms reports that Robert Latta of Denver had
           breached security and roamed the executive mansion on the day of
           President Reagan's second inaugural.
   In 1987 The U.S. Senate issues a report on the Iran/Contra affair, charging
           that administration officials deceived Congress.
   In 1987 3 workers at the DuPont Hotel in Puerto Rico were arrested on murder
           and arson charges in connection with a fire that killed 96.
   In 1987 The State Department bars deposed Philippines President Ferdinand E.
           Marcos from returning to his homeland from Honolulu amid reports he
           was preparing to rally supporters trying to topple the Aquino
           government.
   In 1988 A boston-bound Amtrak train derails in Chester, PA, injuring 25.
   In 1990 Former Exxon Valdez captian Joseph Hazelwood goes on trial in
           Anchorage, AK, on charges stemming from the U.S.'s worst oil spill.
           (Hazelwood was acquitted of the major charges, and convicted of a
           misdemeanor.)
   In 1991 In his State of the Union address, President Bush assures Americans
           that the war against Iraq would be won and that the recession at
           home would end in short order.
   In 1992 Russian President Boris Yeltsin announces his republic's nuclear
           weapons would no longer be aimed at U.S. targets.
   In 1992 President Bush presents a $1.2 trillion budget plan.
   In 1994 In South Africa, Nelson Mandela kicks off his party's campaign for
           the country's first multi-racial elections.
   In 1995 The San Francisco 49ers defeat the San Diego Chargers, 49-26, to win
           Super Bowl XXIX. The 49ers became the first team in NFL history to
           win five Super Bowls.
   In 1996 A Navy F-14 fighter jet crashes in Nashville, TN, demolishing three
           houses and killing five people, including three on the ground.
   In 1996 French president Jacques Chirac orders an early end to underground
           nuclear tests in South Pacific.
   In 1997 America Online agrees to millions of dollars in compensation for
           subscribers facing network traffic jams.
   In 2000 Delegates meeting in Montreal reach an international agreement on
           the trade of genetically modified food and other products.
   In 2000 Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott are among the five players elected to
           the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
   In 2001 President Bush directs Vice President Dick Cheney to head a task
           force to develop a strategy that would address the nation's energy
           problems.
   In 2001 DaimlerChrysler said it would eliminate 26,000 jobs at its
           money-losing Chrysler division.
   In 2002 In his first State of the Union address, President Bush warns of "an
           axis of evil" consisting of North Korea, Iran and Iraq.
   In 2008 Margaret Truman, the only child of former President Harry S. 

           Truman, dies in Chicago. She was 83.

Born On This Day...

Born On This Day...
   In 1700 Mathematican, Daniel Bernoulli (theory of probability)
   In 1737 Political essayist, Thomas Paine (Common Sense, Age of Reason)
   In 1754 Pioneer/soldier, Moses Cleaveland (founded Cleveland, Ohio)
   In 1756 Revolutionary, Harry "Light Horse" Lee
   In 1843 William McKinley, 25th U.S. president (1897-1901) ($500 bill)
   In 1850 Inventor, Lawrence Hargrave (box kite)
   In 1860 Russian playwright, Anton Chekhov (The Cherry Orchard)
   In 1862 English composer, Frederick Delius
   In 1874 Financier, John D. Rockefeller Jr.
   In 1879 Actor, W.C. Fields (My Little Chickadee) [d: 1-25-46]
   In 1889 Folk singer, Leadbelly (King Of The 12 String Guitar Players)
   In 1901 Engineer/inventor, Allen B. DuMont (cathode ray tube) [d: 11-15-65]
   In 1909 Actor, Alan Marshal (Adventrues of Sherlock Holmes) [d: 7-9-61]
   In 1912 Actor, Irwin Corey (Andy Williams Show, Car Wash) (104)
   In 1913 Actor, Victor Mature (One Million BC, Samson & Delilah) [d: 8-4-99]
   In 1917 Country singer, Lloyd Perryman (Sons of the Pioneers) [d: 5-3-77]
   In 1917 Actor/singer, John Raitt (Carousel, The Pajama Game) [d: 2-20-05]
   In 1918 Actor, John Forsythe (Charlie's Angels, Blake-Dynasty) d: 4-1-10]
   In 1918 Baseball player/manager, William Rigney (Giants) [d: 2-20-01]
   In 1923 Playwright, Paddy Chayevsky [d: 8-1-81]
   In 1925 Author, Robert Crichton [d: 3-23-93]
   In 1925 Actor, Anthony George (Search For Tomorrow, One Life to Live) (91)
   In 1933 Guitarist, Frank Virtuoso (Guitar Boogie Shuffle-The Virtues) (83)
   In 1937 Pianist/composer, Bobby Scott (Chain Gang, A Taste Of Honey) (79)
   In 1936 Singer/actor, Noel Harrison (The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.) (80)
   In 1939 Author/feminist, Germaine Greer (Female Eunich) (77)
   In 1941 Singer, Ron Townsend (The Fifth Dimension) (75)
   In 1942 Actress, Claudine Longet (McHale's Navy) (74)
   In 1943 Actress, Katharine Ross (Elaine-The Graduate, The Colbys) (73)
   In 1944 Actress, Barbara Moore (Lisa Rogers-The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) (72)
   In 1945 Golfer, Donna Maria Caponi (U.S. Open 1969, 70) (71)
   In 1945 Actor, Tom Selleck (Magnum PI, Three Men and a Baby, Friends) (71)
   In 1947 Singer/songwriter, David Byron (Uriah Heep) [d: 2-28-85]
   In 1948 Singer/guitarist, Bill Kirchen (Commander Cody) (68)
   In 1950 Actress, Ann Jillian (It's A Living, Jennifer Slept Here) (66)
   In 1952 Drummer, Tommy Ramone (The Ramones) [d: 7-11-14]
   In 1953 Model, Dalila di Lazzaro (Vogue) (63)
   In 1953 Drummer, Louie Perez (Los Lobos) (63)
   In 1954 Talk show host/actress, Oprah Winfrey (The Color Purple, Oprah) (62)
   In 1955 Heavyweight boxer, John Tate (Olympic-Bronze-1968) (61)
   In 1957 Country singer/drummer, Irlene Mandrell (Hee Haw) (59)
   In 1958 Actress, Judy Norton-Taylor (Mary Ellen-The Waltons) (58)
   In 1959 Actor, Matthew Ashford (Search For Tomorrow, General Hospital) (57)
   In 1960 U.S. diver/swimmer, Gregory Louganis (Olympic-Gold-1984, 88) (56)
   In 1960 Baseball player, Steve Sax (Dodgers, Yankees, White Sox) (56)
   In 1961 Drummer, David Baynton-Power (James) (55)
   In 1961 Bassist/singer, Eddie Jackson (Queensryche) (55)
   In 1962 Actor, Nicholas Turturro (Det. Martinez-NYPD Blue) (54)
   In 1964 Singer/guitarist, Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera) (52)
   In 1964 Football player, Andre Reed (Bills) (52)
   In 1965 Tennis player, Peter Lundgren (51)
   In 1967 Basketball player, Stacey King (49)
   In 1968 Actor, Ed Burns (She's The One, Long Time Nothing New) (48)
   In 1968 Actress, Bobbie Phillips (Bold & the Beautiful, Murder One) (48)
   In 1970 Actress, Heather Graham (Lost in Space, Austin Powers) (46)
   In 1972 Figure skater, Scott Davis (Olympics-1994) (44)
   In 1975 Actor, Sharif Atkins (Dr. Michael Gallant-ER) (41)
   In 1975 Actress, Sara Gilbert (Darlene-Roseanne, Poison Ivy, The Talk) (41)
   In 1975 Actress, Kelly Packard (Tiffani-California Dreams, Baywatch) (41)
   In 1977 Actor, Justin Hartley (Fox-Passions) (39)
   In 1979 Actor, Andrew Keegan (Reed-Party of Five, Seventh Heaven) (37)
   In 1980 Actor, Jesse James Richter (Jesse-Free Willy) (36)

   In 1981 Singer/guitarist, Jonny Lang (35)

UPDATE: Highway improvement project to begin Feb. 1 on SR 85 north of Ajo

UPDATE: Highway improvement project to begin Feb. 1 on SR 85 north of Ajo
  

The Arizona Department of Transportation will begin a project on Monday (Feb. 1) to improve an eight-mile segment of State Route 85 between the town of Ajo and the Pima County-Maricopa County line.

The project will include sealing cracks in the existing asphalt, applying a chip seal coat and finishing with a fog coat that will combine to improve the driving surface of the highway.

Crack sealing work will be done weekdays from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday (Feb. 1) through Wednesday (Feb. 10).

A lane closure will be in effect during work hours with a pilot vehicle escorting motorists in both directions through the work area, where the two-lane highway is restricted to one lane. Delays of as much as 15 minutes can be expected.

Crews will return in late April to apply the chip seal and fog seal, with final striping scheduled in May. Both activities can only be done in warmer weather.

ADOT advises drivers to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center atwww.az511.gov or call 511.


For more information about this project, please call C.T. Revere, ADOT Senior Community Relations Officer, at 1.520.705.3574 or email at crevere@azdot.gov.

Weekend Travel Advisory January 29 - February 1, 2016


SR 77 Construction north of Tucson to be completed spring 2016

SR 77 Construction north of Tucson to be completed spring 2016

The construction on State Route 77 (Oracle Road) between Tangerine Road and the Pinal County line will be completed this spring 2016 when the final paving and striping will be done.

The project improvements included:
    • An additional 12-foot wide travel lane in each direction for a total of six travel lanes throughout the project area
    • 10-foot wide shoulders allowing cyclists to use widened shoulders (7-foot wide with curb in Catalina)
    • Raised-center medians and left-turn lanes in the Catalina area
    • Retaining walls
    • Sound barriers
    • Traffic signal improvements
    • Drainage improvements
    • Shared-use path on the east side of Oracle Road from Wilds Road to Eagle Crest Ranch Boulevard
    • Two wildlife crossing structures

Speed limits will be raised back to 45 mph from Tangerine Road to Rancho Vistoso Boulevard and to 40 mph from Rancho Vistoso Boulevard to Eagle Crest Ranch Boulevard by end of February.


For more information about this project, please call Paki Rico at 520-388-4233, email prico@azdot.gov or visit the website at http://azdot.gov/TangerinetoPinal

I-10 restrictions for tunnel maintenance begin Friday night (Jan. 29) in Phoenix

I-10 restrictions for tunnel maintenance begin Friday night (Jan. 29) in Phoenix
  

Tunnel maintenance work will require weekend I-10 closures beginning Friday night (Jan. 29). Please allow extra travel time and use alternate routes while the following restrictions are in place:

  
I-10 eastbound closed between I-17 (Stack Interchange) and Washington St. for tunnel maintenance. State Route 51 southbound and Loop 202 westbound ramps to I-10 eastbound also closed.

DETOUR I-10 eastbound traffic will detour to I-17 southbound at Stack Interchange and reconnect with I-10 near Sky Harbor Airport.

9 p.m. Friday - 9 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 30)

  
I-10 westbound closed between I-17 (Split Interchange) near Sky Harbor Airport and Seventh Avenue for tunnel maintenance. State Route 51 southbound and Loop 202 westbound HOV-lane ramps to I-10 westbound also closed. Westbound Sky Harbor Blvd. ramp to I-10 westbound closed. DETOUR: I-10 westbound traffic will detour to I-17 northbound at Split Interchange and reconnect with I-10 at Stack Interchange north of Adams Street.

9 p.m. Saturday - 9 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 31)

  
I-10 narrowed to three lanes in both directions near Dysart Road for message sign foundation work. DETOUR: Please be prepared to slow down and merge to the right in work zone.

10 p.m. Friday - 5 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 30)

  
I-10 narrowed to four lanes in both directions near Dysart Road for message sign foundation work.

5 p.m. Saturday - 7 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 31)

  

For highway conditions across Arizona, visit ADOT’s Travel Information site at az511.gov or call 5-1-1. Information also is available on ADOT’s Twitter feed (@ArizonaDOT).

Roundabout construction begins on SR 89 at Perkinsville Road in Chino Valley

Roundabout construction begins on SR 89 at Perkinsville Road in Chino Valley

Work will begin on Monday
 


PRESCOTT - The Arizona Department of Transportation will begin construction next week on a new roundabout at the intersection of State Route 89 and Perkinsville Road in Chino Valley.

Starting on Monday, Feb. 1 crews will begin shoulder work and place temporary fencing through the work zone. Drivers should be aware of increased truck traffic at the intersection, weather dependent.

The work zone will be clearly marked by temporary barricades and signage. ADOT advises drivers to allow additional time to reach their destinations and to proceed through the work zone with caution, comply with the reduced speed limit, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

This $1.5 million project consists of a new roundabout at the intersection of SR 89 and Perkinsville Road between mileposts 328 and 329. Additional work includes removal and replacement of existing pavement, drainage improvements, new pavement markings and lighting.

This project is expected to be complete by September.

For more information about this project, please call Tricia Lewis at 928-606-2420 or email tlewis@azdot.gov.

Southbound Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway) ramps closed to eastbound I-10 beginning Friday night (Jan. 29) in the West Valley

Southbound Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway) ramps closed to eastbound I-10 beginning Friday night (Jan. 29) in the West Valley

Maintenance work on Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway) will require southbound Loop 101 ramps to be closed to eastbound I-10 beginning Friday night (Jan. 29). Please use caution and allow extra travel time while the following restrictions are in place:

Loop 101 southbound (Agua Fria Freeway) ramps to I-10 eastbound closed. DETOUR: Please use alternate routes, including exiting Loop 101 southbound to eastbound Thomas or McDowell roads and using southbound 91st or 83rd avenues to connect with I-10 eastbound.
9 p.m. Friday - 10 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 30)
9 p.m. Saturday - 10 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 31)


For highway conditions across Arizona, visit ADOT’s Travel Information site at az511.gov or call 5-1-1. Information also is available on ADOT’s Twitter feed (@ArizonaDOT).

I-17 temporary overnight closures (up to 30 min.) begin Saturday (Jan. 30) in North Phoenix

I-17 temporary overnight closures (up to 30 min.) begin Saturday (Jan. 30) in North Phoenix

Overhead sign work will require temporary overnight closures (up to 30 min. each time) on I-17 beginning Saturday night (Jan. 30). Please allow extra travel time and be prepared for slowing or stopped traffic during the following overnight restrictions:
  • I-17 closed temporarily (up to 30 min. each time) in areas near Deer Valley and Jomax roads in north Phoenix for overhead sign work.
    11:30 p.m. Saturday - 1:30 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 31)

For highway conditions across Arizona, visit ADOT’s Travel Information site at az511.gov or call 5-1-1. Information also is available on ADOT’s Twitter feed (@ArizonaDOT).

US 60 east of Superior to close for blasting operations next week

US 60 east of Superior to close for blasting operations next week

Two four-hour closures scheduled for passing-lane project
 Motorists using US 60 between Phoenix and Globe next week should plan ahead and consider alternate routes as the Arizona Department of Transportation continues blasting work to build a passing lane and widen roadway shoulders east of Superior.

Construction of the two-mile-long climbing lane from Devil’s Canyon to Oak Flat (mileposts 231-233) will require two full closures lasting four hours:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Traffic on eastbound US 60 will be stopped east of Superior (milepost 227), and traffic on westbound US 60 will be stopped at the Top of the World, west of Miami (milepost 235), until the blasting work is completed and debris is cleared.

Approximately 30 minutes prior to each blast, motorists should be prepared for possible delays and lane closures as crews set concrete barrier prior to each scheduled closure.

Motorists seeking an alternate route can consider state routes 77 and 177, which is approximately 68 miles long. Motorists headed to the White Mountains region, including Show Low and Springerville, can take State Route 87 through Payson and travel east on State Route 260.

Drivers should use caution, watch for construction equipment and personnel, and allow extra time.




For more information on the project, please visit azdot.gov/us60oakflat.

I-10/I-8 interchange detour in place in Pinal County

I-10/I-8 interchange detour in place in Pinal County


The westbound Interstate 10 on-ramp to westbound Interstate 8 and the eastbound I-8 off-ramp to westbound I-10 are closed around the clock in Pinal County through late February.

    • Drivers on westbound I-10 wishing to access westbound I-8 will be detoured to Jimmie Kerr Boulevard to eastbound I-10 to westbound I-8.

    • Drivers on eastbound I-8 wishing to access westbound I-10 will be detoured to eastbound I-10, to Sunland Gin Road, to westbound I-10. 


Nightly restrictions on I-10 at the I-8 junction will be in place in both directions Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. through February.


Beginning Monday (Feb. 1) paving will begin on I-8 between milepost 176 – 177 during the hours of 4 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    • Thornton Road will be closed beginning mid-February through late March.



Drivers should anticipate delays of no more than 15 minutes during the detour and lane restrictions.



The work is to allow the Arizona Department of Transportation to reconstruct bridge barrier and improve drainage.

                                                                                        

Lane restrictions will be in effect for the duration of the project. The speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph.



The work also includes new pipe extensions, cattle guards and lowering I-8 at Thornton Road to meet the new bridge height of 16 feet.



The $7.3 million project is expected to be completed by summer 2016.

Drivers are reminded to share the road, be cautious, and slow down while traveling through the work zone.



ADOT works to inform the public about planned roadway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule.




For more information, please call Paki Rico at 520-388-4233, or email prico@azdot.gov or visit the website at http://azdot.gov/I-8Bianco.

SR 77 Construction north of Tucson to be completed spring 2016

         
SR 77 Construction north of Tucson to be completed spring 2016

The construction on State Route 77 (Oracle Road) between Tangerine Road and the Pinal County line will be completed this spring 2016 when the final paving and striping will be done.

The project improvements included:
    • An additional 12-foot wide travel lane in each direction for a total of six travel lanes throughout the project area
    • 10-foot wide shoulders allowing cyclists to use widened shoulders (7-foot wide with curb in Catalina)
    • Raised-center medians and left-turn lanes in the Catalina area
    • Retaining walls
    • Sound barriers
    • Traffic signal improvements
    • Drainage improvements
    • Shared-use path on the east side of Oracle Road from Wilds Road to Eagle Crest Ranch Boulevard
    • Two wildlife crossing structures


Speed limits will be raised back to 45 mph from Tangerine Road to Rancho Vistoso Boulevard and to 40 mph from Rancho Vistoso Boulevard to Eagle Crest Ranch Boulevard by end of February.

GSA Auctions Trucks, Tractors and Ground Vehicles Update

01/28/2016 11:40 AM EST

CURRENT BID: $500    STATE: AZ    NO. OF BIDDERS: 0     CLOSE TIME: 02-04-2016 10:40 AM CT.

  2010 Chevrolet Colorado extended cab 3.7L Five cylinder engine, AT, 4X4, 60/40 bench seat, AM/FM, AC, VIN: 1GCKTBDE9A8135613, Est mi: 53,180. Inoperable. Repairs required including but not limited to: engine overheated and sustained internal damage. VEHICLE NEEDS TO BE TOWED. Note: This diagnosis is the opinion of the mechanic located at Phoenix Area Office . Mechanic's diagnosis states "Inspected vehicle and found that it does not start. No compression or oil in ac cleaner. No coolant in engine. Removed all spark plugs, cleaned, and reinstalled. Vehicle started but it is blowing oil out of|the valve cover breather and smoke is coming out of the radiator fill port. Recommends a new engine". Sold as is, where is. Inspection is strongly recommended. (149498 5322 #0001) 14949853220001
01/28/2016 11:30 AM EST

CURRENT BID: $1,000    STATE: AZ    NO. OF BIDDERS: 0     CLOSE TIME: 02-04-2016 10:30 AM CT.

  2002 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV, 5.3L, 08cyl, 4X4, VIN: 1GNEK13Z92J273930, Est mi: 105,030. Rubber flooring throughout. Repairs may be required. Inspection is strongly recommended. (148118 5320 #0001; I472500) 14811853200001
01/28/2016 11:20 AM EST

CURRENT BID: $2,000    STATE: CA    NO. OF BIDDERS: 0     CLOSE TIME: 02-04-2016 10:20 AM CT.

  2008 Ford Ranger Extended Cab Pickup, 4X4, 4.01 gasoline, 06cyl, AT, VIN 1FTZR45E98PA89515, Est mi: 121,500. Repairs required including but not limited to minor dents/scratches, torn driver seat, rough interior, front license bracket broken, spray paint over scratches, and dent in left rear panel near bumper. Inspection is strongly recommended. Warning: Vehicle is located in a secure location. 24 hours advance appointment is mandatory to inspect & remove, no exception. (149133 5341 #0001) 14913353410001
01/28/2016 11:10 AM EST

CURRENT BID: $2,000    STATE: AZ    NO. OF BIDDERS: 0     CLOSE TIME: 02-04-2016 10:10 AM CT.

  2002 Ford F150 Pickup, Fuel type: gas, 08cyl, 4X4, AM/FM/Cassette, PS, PB, AC, receiving hitch and bed liner, Est mi: 89,607, VIN: 1FTPF18L02NA72274. Repairs required including but not limited to dent on front bumper, spare tire cable retainer inoperable, dent on passenger door, and broken fuel gauge. Inspection is strongly recommended. (1475GY 5344 #V015) 1475GY5344V015
01/28/2016 11:00 AM EST

CURRENT BID: $5,000    STATE: CA    NO. OF BIDDERS: 0     CLOSE TIME: 02-04-2016 10:00 AM CT.

  2007 Ford F150 Crewcab, 5.4 L V8, AT, 4X4, spare, radio, PS, PB, AC, VIN: 1FTPW14577KC47295, Est mi: 117,653. Repairs may be required. Inspection is strongly recommended. (149168 5338 #0001) 14916853380001
01/25/2016 04:00 PM EST

CURRENT BID: $10    STATE: MD    NO. OF BIDDERS: 0     CLOSE TIME: 01-29-2016 03:00 PM CT.

  One lot to consist of items as listed in the attached spreadsheet.


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Utility work to bring travel restrictions on SR 86 at Valencia Road Sunday morning

Utility work to bring travel restrictions on SR 86 at Valencia Road Sunday morning


Motorists traveling on State Route 86 (Ajo Way) near Valencia Road may encounter delays Sunday (Jan. 31) during morning utility work.

Both eastbound and westbound SR 86 will have intermittent closures between 7 a.m. and noon Sunday for installation of fiber optic cable. Delays of up to 15 minutes can be expected.

ADOT advises drivers to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center atwww.az511.gov or call 511.

For more information about this project, please call C.T. Revere, ADOT Senior Community Relations Officer, at 1.520.705.3574 or email at crevere@azdot.gov.


Digital Photography Workshop for Teens

Digital Photography Workshop for Teens 


John Buono, a local photographer who has won awards for his work, is bringing his workshops to the Sierra Vista Public Library Saturday, Jan 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. These workshops are recommended for ages 12-19. Registration is required. During this second workshop, John will deliver hands-on instruction to 15 participants and show them how to properly use their digital cameras. Contact the Sierra Vista Library at 458-4225 for details and to register for the workshop. 

25th Annual Arizona Military Vehicle Show

25th Annual Arizona Military Vehicle Show 


The 25th Arizona Military Vehicle Show, a salute to veterans of all wars, celebrated for more than two decades with a vast display of multiple privately owned and restored military vehicles. Held Jan 30-31 at Tempe Diablo Stadium East Parking Lot - 2200 W Alameda Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282. Show times are 0900-1700 (5PM) on Saturday and 0900-1600 (4PM) on Sunday. Admission is $5, kids and Active Duty Military are free. For more information, visit www.armytrucks.org

Tombstone Quilt Show

Tombstone Quilt Show


The annual Tombstone Quilt Show will be held Jan 29 through Feb 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Tombstone Art Gallery, 317 E. Allen Street. Over 100 quilts and quilted items will be on display and a raffle drawing will be held. For more information, call 520-255-3700 

STEM Discovery Day Camp

STEM Discovery Day Camp 


UA Cooperative Extension Military Outreach, in collaborative partnership with The Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson, announce their STEM Discovery Day Camp at the Boys & Girls Club Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse (Tucson) on Saturday, Jan 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Featured Activities are geared toward military affiliated (Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves, and Veterans from the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy) youth ages 9- 15 years and include 4-H Rockets to the Rescue, 4-H Junk Drawer Robotics Clip- mobiles, Squishy Circuits and more!! The event is free and registration is required. Click here to register! For more information, contact Teresa Noon, Pro- gram Manager via email tmnoon@email.arizona.edu, phone 520-626-9085, or visit www.extension.arizona.edu/military-outreach-stem-discovery-day-camp-rockets-cars-squishy-circuits-january-2016

Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase

Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase 

For two weeks near the start of every year, Tucson becomes playground the world of international gem and mineral trading, buying, and bargains. Enjoy this year’s showcase Jan 30-Feb 14 at various locations around the city of Tucson with the main show at the Tucson Convention Center Feb 11- 

14. This international marketplace of gems, minerals, fossils, beads, and jewelry -making supplies as well as museum exhibits and other treasures includes 40 different sites at hotels, special venues, and tents located across town. Visit the Tuc- son Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase 

Star Party at Catalina State Park

Star Party at Catalina State Park 


Catalina State Park will host a Star Party, Jan 30, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with astronomers available to answer questions and discuss the elements of the night sky as darkness descends. Visitors should meet at the main trailhead parking lot. When the night sky arrives, astronomers will volunteer their expertise and telescopes for visitors to view an assortment of night sky attractions including star clusters, galaxies and nebulae. Visitors should bring water, snacks, a red light (to protect every- one's night vision), sweater or jacket. This stargazing opportunity is supported by the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association with volunteers who bring telescopes to teach visitors about stars. Catalina State Park's entrance fee applies and is $7 per vehicle (up to four adults). 

Movie News

Movie News

Bryce Dallas Howard Knows "Some Stuff" About the Jurassic World Sequel After Cornering Director Colin Trevorrow. Bryce Dallas Howard is nothing if not persistent. E! News' Zuri Hall caught up with the 34-year-old actress at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and asked her to share some details surrounding Universal Pictures' upcoming Jurassic World sequel, scheduled to arrive in theaters on June 22, 2018. Howard, who played the park's operations manager, Claire, in the 2015 blockbuster, said she's received some intel from screenwriters Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. "I can't tell you anything, but here's what I'll say: Every single time I bump into Colin and Derek...I, like, corner them and harass them until they tell me something," she said. "They've told me some stuff and I'm so excited." Fans of the fourth film in the franchise mocked the heels Claire wore while running from the park's new hybrid dinosaur, Indominus Rex. Howard assured E! News that her character will be wearing more sensible footwear in the follow-up. "That was part of Jurassic World," she said of her wardrobe in the film. "They served their purpose." "Actually, to answer that question seriously, Claire is a different person now," she continued. "The person she is at the end of the movie is not the person she was in the beginning. Her armor of sorts was that white, pristine outfit with heels in a very corporate environment. The chick at the end is totally different. So, there better not be heels!" In addition to Howard, Chris Pratt and Ty Simpkins will also reprise their roles. Frank Marshall is producing, while Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg are acting as executive producers. Last July, Trevorrow told Wired U.K. that the film series "isn't always going to be limited to theme parks," and said the fifth installment will not have "a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island. That'll get old real fast." Made for a reported $150 million, Jurassic World was the second-highest-grossing film of 2015 (earning $1.669 billion) and the highest-grossing film in the Jurassic Park franchise. (Eonline)

Robert Redford is pretty sure this is the best Sundance they've ever had, and he also knows that things have to change. It's not the films. The quality, he said, is better than ever. It's the size. "I'm starting to hear some negative comments about how crowded it is and how difficult it is to get from venue to venue when there's traffic and people in the streets and so forth," Redford said. "We're going to have to look at that." Redford still seems somewhat bemused that the Festival grew the way it did over the past three decades. He sees it as a combination of the narrowing of the entertainment business -- when filmmakers and actors had to look outside of Hollywood to find material and projects worth doing -- and a product of globalization. "When actors came who were well known, then the paparazzi came. Then once the paparazzi came, the fashion houses came. Suddenly this thing was going haywire," he said, laughing that the recession actually helped temper the frivolousness a bit. But people continue to turn out in droves, looking to be among the first to see a breakout filmmaker's debut -- like Ryan Coogler's "Fruitvale Station" or Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash." "As it grew, so did the crowds, so did the development in Park City. Well, at some point, if both those things continue to grow, they're going to begin to choke each other," Redford said. "So then I have to think about, oh, do we now risk being who we are in the first place? Do we risk (losing) the heart and soul of what we were when we started against the odds. ... Do we have to now rethink things?" Ideas are already swirling in Redford's brain about how the Festival can and should evolve. "You have a couple of choices. You can go hard and say we're going to stop it. Say 'that's the end.' Let it go. Let someone else do it," he said. "Or, you say well, if you want to keep it going, we can't keep it going the way things are." One thought Redford had was to break up the festival into sections, instead of cramming narrative, documentaries, shorts and everything else into a tight 10 days in January. So, in this scenario, narrative features could play in January, and February would be for documentaries. "I don't know whether that works or not," Redford acknowledged. "That's just an idea that's worming in my head." The Sundance Film Festival wraps on Sunday. (Page Six)

The film comes from red-hot New Zealand helmer Taika Waititi, who will direct the next 'Thor' movie for Marvel. The Orchard has acquired North American rights to Taika Waititi's comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople. The deal, pegged at nearly $2 million, includes a traditional theatrical release. Based on Barry Crump's novel Wild Pork and Watercress, the story follows a national manhunt that is ordered when a rebellious kid and his foster uncle go missing in the wild New Zealand bush. Hunt for the Wilderpeople stars Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rachel House, Rima Te Waita and Oscar Knightley. Waititi, who directed and starred in 2015's What We Do in the Shadows, also wrote the film's screenplay. The director's stock is on the rise ever since he landed the helming assignment for Marvel's next Thor movie. The film marks the second collaboration between Waititi and The Orchard, which released WhatWe Do in the Shadows. Hunt for the Wilderpeople was produced by Carthew Neal, Matt Noonan and Leanne Saunders. Charlie McClellan and James Wallace executive produced. The Orchard acquired the film after its Jan. 22 premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. "This film captures so much of what we love about Taika -- it's wildly funny, endearing, smart and deserves as big an audience as possible," said Paul Davidson, The Orchard's senior VP of film and television. "We pursued this film for all of those reasons but also because we genuinely love being in business with Taika." Added Waititi: "We developed a really strong relationship with The Orchard on What We Do in the Shadows. They did such a great job on that release that I'm really pleased to be partnering with them again on Wilder people. I'm excited the film will be getting a theatrical release in North America. It was the main thing we wanted coming into Sundance, so we're all going home happy." Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales for the film, with CAA co-repping in North America. CAA negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers and Craig Sussman on behalf of The Orchard. (Hollywood Reporter)

The double Oscar winner will get an honorary Cesar award at this year's ceremony. Two-time Oscar winner Michael Douglas will now add a Cesar to his golden statue collection. The actor will receive an honorary Cesar-France's version of the Oscar-award at the French Academy's annual ceremony in February. "He manages to embody an impressive variety of characters," said French academy president Alain Terzian, citing performances in such varied films as The Game, Traffic and Basic Instinct. The star won a best actor Oscar for Wall Street and a best picture Oscar for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, on which he was a producer. Douglas also has won a slew of Golden Globes and Emmys for his work throughout the years. Calling his legacy "straight out of Hollywood magic," the academy cited Douglas' position as Hollywood royalty in addition to his acting and producing work. "His unique background in American cinema makes him an absolute star, and he has become a legend in his lifetime." Douglas follows other past honorary recipients of the Cesar, including Sean Penn and Kate Winslet. Films in contention for Cesars this year include Cannes Palme d'Or winner Dheepan and the foreign-language Oscar-nominated Mustang. The Cesars ceremony will be held Feb. 26 at Paris' Chatelet Theatre, two days before the Oscars. (Hollywood Reporter)


The streaming services are striking early and often for the fest's most sought-after films as Netflix helped bid up the record-setting price of 'Birth of a Nation' in an overnight auction. For more than three decades, filmmakers have arrived at the Sundance Film Festival with dreams of landing a seven- or eight-figure deal with a strong theatrical distributor that can turn a passion project into mainstream entertainment. Those whose movies don't go over as well settle for a direct-to-DVD, VOD or, more recently, streaming service pact. But Sundance 2016 is turning that hierarchy upside down, with Amazon and Netflix striking early and often for the fest's most sought-after films -- shelling out big bucks and infuriating traditional buyers in the process. As of Jan. 25, the four major agencies each could boast at least one megadeal with Amazon, led at the festival by Roy Price, or with Netflix and Ted Sarandos. WME landed the a mammoth one when it sold all domestic rights to Kenneth Lonergan's Casey Affleck starrer Manchester by the Sea to Amazon for $10 million. Amazon will bring on a theat-rical distribution partner for an awards-season run. Likewise, CAA and UTA teamed to sell worldwide SVOD rights to Paul Rudd vehicle The Fundamentals of Caring to Netflix for nearly $7 million. And ICM negotiated a $5 million streaming deal with Netflix for the Ellen Page drama Tallulah. Those prices would have turned heads in previous years had The Weinstein Co. or Fox Searchlight paid them, considering that just two years ago, the top price paid for a film was $3.5 million for The Skeleton Twins. Though the Manchester deal was later eclipsed by the Searchlight Birth of a Nation pact, Netflix influenced the latter film's $17.5 million price tag. Sources say Netflix offered $20 million for the slave-revolt drama, ultimately driving up Birth's record-breaking number. "It's always transformative when you add smart, elegant and well-capitalized companies that disrupt the status quo," says WME Global chief Graham Taylor. "As a consumer, I want to be able to consume art and media in myriad ways that require a bespoke solution." Amazon also nabbed the Michael Shannon drama Complete Unknown (CAA/WME) prefest and the doc Author: The JT LeRoy Story (WME) while in Park City (far outbidding its closest rival, The Orchard). The company also struck a seven-figure deal with Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures for Todd Solondz's Wiener-Dog (CAA). "The streaming services have shown they can bring tremendous resources to support a film," says UTA's Rena Ronson. "It's early days with these deals, but it's important to have new, innovative buyers in the market." By contrast, the traditional Sundance players had made a much smaller splash by the festival's midpoint (though breakout The Birth of a Nation had bids from majors at press time). Lionsgate/Summit picked up James Schamus' directorial debut, Indignation, for $2.5 million, and Sony Pictures Classics took the Wall Street- set Equity for $3.5 million. A24 scooped up the coming-of-age story Morris From America for just more than $1 million. While sellers were celebrating the presence of Netflix and Amazon, traditional buyers were seething, suggesting the streaming behemoths are overpaying. "You've got Amazon, and how many billions does that guy have?" says SPC's Tom Bernard, referring to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. "If he loses $12 million on a movie, it's not going to hurt him -- and the amount of publicity he'll drum up from buying it will make a difference." But sales agents contend the prices paid by streamers do add up. Says CAA's Micah Green, "Digital platforms are valuing films not only for their trans -- actional value but also for their prestige value and potential to attract and retain subscribers." (Hollywood Reporter)

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Bridge repair requires weekend restrictions and closures on Interstate 17, Seventh Avenue beginning Friday, Nov. 17

Crews begin task of replacing damaged girder Southbound Interstate 17 will be narrowed to one or two lanes as needed at Seventh Avenue near ...