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Restrictions on State Route 86 (Ajo Way) continue between Fuller and Valencia roads Drivers should plan for heavy delays

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan for the following restrictions as construction on State Route 86 (Ajo Way) continues between Fuller and Valencia roads:

SR 86 will be reduced to one lane in both directions from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m Tuesday, Oct. 31 through Wednesday, Nov. 1 for pavement work.
Shoulder work for guardrail repair and paving between Fuller and Valencia roads are scheduled for the next two weeks from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting Tuesday, Oct. 31 at various locations at a time.
Driveways and access roads on SR 86 between Fuller and Valencia roads will remain open.

Traffic will be alternated to the open lane and guided through the work zone by a pilot vehicle for the flagging operation, work crews and traffic devices.
Motorists should obey the reduced speed limit and expect heavy delays.

The work is part of a project to improve an 11-mile segment of SR 86 between Fuller and Valencia roads.

For more information please visit the project website.

Schedules ar…

Lane restrictions on State Route 187 near Sacaton

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan for the following restrictions on SR 187 for roadway repair near Sacaton:
North- and southbound traffic on SR 187 will be reduced to one lane (alternating lanes) from milepost 189 to milepost 192 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., daily, Tuesday, Oct. 31 through Wednesday, Nov. 1.
Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email Projects@azdot.gov. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving.

ADOT applies for TIGER grant to expand SR 189 project starting in 2019 $25 million sought would allow construction of all proposed improvements

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NOGALES ‒ The Arizona Department of Transportation has applied for a $25 million federal TIGER grant to allow construction of all proposed improvements to State Route 189 in Nogales at the same time, beginning in 2019.

The $25 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant would go toward construction of a southbound flyover ramp at Interstate 19 in addition to the northbound flyover ramp that’s currently funded, as well as a bridge over Frank Reed Road and other improvements to the 3.75-mile route connecting the Mariposa Port of Entry with I-19.

“ADOT is committed to working creatively with the community to accelerate State Route 189 improvements and better support trade between the U.S. and Mexico,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said. “Seeking this TIGER grant is one way we’re seeking to move forward sooner with all proposed enhancements to a route vital to international commerce and to the community of Nogales.”

ADOT currently has funding for the first phase the …

ADOT seeks public input on proposed action at the Pinto Creek Bridge on US 60

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Comment period runs through Dec. 8, 2017

The Arizona Department of Transportation is seeking public input on a proposal to build a new bridge over Pinto Creek and remove the existing bridge, located on U.S. 60 at milepost 238.25 in Gila County.

Pinto Creek Bridge was built in 1949 in compliance with bridge standards at that time. Those standards no longer meet the current minimum standards required by the Federal Highway Administration, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and ADOT’s Bridge Design Guidelines. Although safe for driving, the Pinto Creek Bridge has been deemed structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. Now, ADOT and the FHWA must address this matter, while ensuring the traveling public has a reliable bridge crossing over Pinto Creek, and while preserving the continuity of the U.S. 60 in southeastern Arizona.

The proposed action of building a new bridge and removing the existing bridge is one of four that ADOT and the FHWA could take:

WHAT HIS HALLOWEEN COSTUME SAYS ABOUT HIM

(By Natasha Burton) Clothes make the man, as writer Charles Dickens once proclaimed, and a guy's choice of Halloween costume is no different. We asked image consultant William Cane to give his opinion on some of the more questionable costume options for men and what these getups may say about the guys wearing them.

Clown
Cane says: "On the one hand, this costume suggests a man who is fun-loving and whimsical, almost to the point of being silly and carefree. On the other hand, the clown also symbolizes darkness and despair, as in the opera Pagliacci; and the man who wears this costume is also usually aware of the dark side of life. This combination of funny and serious can make for a very amusing and philosophical companion. Not a bad choice, indeed!"

Male Stripper
Cane says: "A man who has the courage to dress in a Chippendales costume is usually either very sexy, very geeky or both. The costume itself usually reveals his upper torso, so it is a favorite of bodybuilde…

TOTALLY CHEESY HALLOWEEN PICKUP LINES

(TheFrisky.com) With all the candy, costumes and wild parties, Halloween is the perfect holiday to trick-or-treat for hookups. We say, capitalize on the cheesiness of the holiday and test out so totally lame pickup lines. Worst comes to worst, the person who rejects you will never know what you really look like. They'll just remember you as that pervy witch who tried to get in their pants. No loss, no foul. Pickup lines especially for Halloween:
"I wanna take a ride on your broomstick?" "I want you to put your Tootsie Roll in my basket." "If you think I'm sexy now, you should see what I turn into at midnight." "Hi boo-tiful." "You must be tired because you've been running through my nightmares all night." "You look so good, you're making my vagina rise from the dead." "Is that candy in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?" "Wanna find out how many licks it takes to get to the center of my…

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT HALLOWEEN

From Reader's Digest:

There's a dark side to the holiday
The Halloween of today, in which children dress up in costumes and light-heartedly demand treats from neighbors under threat of a trick, has largely been imported from the United States, where Irish immigrants introduced the custom in the 19th century. It is thought to stem from the idea that on Halloween all law is suspended. Dressing up in masks and costumes prevents people from being recognized by their own community. Being separated in this way allows the participants to play boisterous and often antisocial tricks.

It originally began as a pagan festival honoring the dead
For Celts and Anglo-Saxons the year ended when the herds were brought in from pasture at the end of October. The new year began in November, marked by the festival of Samhain, a celebration in which purifying bonfires were lit. On the night before Samhain, souls of the departed could return temporarily to their hearths, and ghosts and demons were free…

HALLOWEEN HOLIDAY TRIVIA

Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death. Jack o' Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday. Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings! Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes. Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America. The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human. Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States. Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1. Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful …

TRICK-OR-TREAT SAFETY TIPS

(Reader's Digest) For young children, Halloween night is one of the best of the year. But trick-or-treating can be dangerous if kids and parents aren't careful. Take a look at some vital trick-or-treating tips before you accompany your child:

Plan a route in advance
Trick-or-treating could take several streets away from your house, which can cause sore legs and a bit of frustration. Avoid long paths by mapping out a route before leaving the house. Stick to paths that you and your child are familiar with to avoid getting lost.

Wear comfy shoes
Make sure you and your children are in comfortable, well-fitting shoes. Girls in dresses should avoid heels, and all shoelaces should be double-tied to avoid tripping in the dark.

Stay well lit
Apply reflective tape to your child's costume to ensure they are seen by drivers on the road. Carry a flashlight with you to keep your child's path lit at all times.

Make sure all costumes are short
Long costumes that drag on the ground can be …

WHAT MAKES SOUTHPAWS SPECIAL?

Between 10 percent and 12 percent of the world's population is left-handed, and scientists have no idea why. It could be genetic. It could be due to damage in utero. And while there are no obvious differences between those who are right-handed and those who are left-handed, we do know that lefties tend to excel at visual and spatial tasks and seem to be overrepresented among geniuses, reports LiveScience.com. What makes southpaws special? Here are ten facts:

1. Just as humans favor one hand over the other, animals also favor one paw over another. But unlike humans, which paw is favored is split about 50-50.

2. Although there is likely a genetic component involved in handedness, environment is also important. For example, researchers have found that identical twins often have different dominant hands.

3. Studies have found that southpaws have higher rates of dyslexia, schizophrenia and autoimmune diseases, such as allergies and lupus.

4. Males are overrepresented among lefties, so some…

WHAT DOES BODY ART SAY ABOUT A WOMAN?

A small tattoo on a woman's shoulder
She's funny and overtly sexy, and loves to tease.

A tattoo on the small of the back
A woman who is secretly sexual. The sacrum is an overlooked but highly sensual spot, where most women love to be touched. She's telling you to "press here."

Body Glitter
She's girlish and fun, curious and playful and still believes in magic. She's looking for a prince charming to put some real twinkle on her finger. Check her ID, though, teens love this stuff.

Nails
Long, elaborately painted fingernails means she's trying to create the illusion of class. She may be a supermarket cashier, a bank teller, or an assembly-line riveter who's trying to disguise the fact that she's a menial laborer. Think high-maintenance.

Tongue stud
This is the most in-your-face body art a woman can have. She's self-confident and values her tongue almost as much for sex as for talking. She is saying she has so much energy and is in such good healt…

DISTRACTIONS WE FACE AT WORK

Maybe it's the trend of open workspaces. Or maybe it's the lure of Facebook and Twitter. Whatever it is, the inability to focus at work is a huge problem across all industries with fully 95 percent of employees saying they are distracted during the workday, according to a survey of 1,000 employees by Virgin Pulse. What is distracting us from writing weekly reports and analyzing budget spreadsheets?
Co-workers who want to chat and socialize: 54 percent Technology distractions, including email and text messaging: 45 percent Personal stress, including relationship, family and money problems: 22 percent  What can you do to stay focused and on task? Get healthy. 70 percent of employees say their health habits have a noticeable impact on their ability to focus at work. Specifically, 68 percent say proper sleep is the No. 1 way to maintain focus at work, while 43 percent say taking a midday walk or getting some exercise help them get and stay focused at work. You can also take contro…

WORDS WOMEN USE

Fine
This is the word women use to end an argument when they feel they are right and you need to shut up. Never use "fine" to describe how a woman looks - this will cause you to have one of those arguments.

Five Minutes
This is half an hour. It is equivalent to the five minutes that your football game is going to last before you take out the trash, so it's an even trade.

Nothing
This means "something," and you should be on your toes. "Nothing" is usually used to describe the feeling a woman has of wanting to turn you inside out, upside down, and backwards. "Nothing" usually signifies an argument that will last "Five Minutes" and end with "Fine."

Go Ahead
(With Raised Eyebrows!) -- This is a dare. One that will result in a woman getting upset over "Nothing" and will end with the word "Fine"

Go Ahead
(Normal Eyebrows) -- This means "I give up" or "do what you want because I don't care"…

CAN'T GET IN THE MOOD?

If your libido isn't want it used to be -- and you've ruled out medical issues, including depression -- it could be your diet. While hamburgers, fried chicken and cupcakes may feel like old-fashioned comfort food, they could also be tampering with your basic bedroom desires. Taking the advice of Brian Clement and Anna Maria Clement, co-authors of "7 Keys to Lifelong Sexual Vitality," Cosmopolitan magazine warns women to avoid or limit these six foods, all of which can lower their sex drive.

1. Soy Lattes
Soy in food or beverages is packed with health benefits; studies have shown that soy can help lower cholesterol, protect the heart and possibly reduce the intensity of hot flashes. But soybeans contain plant estrogen, which can interfere with a woman's sex drive. If you must have your latte, switch to reduced-fat milk.

2. Fried Foods
Who doesn't love fried food? But all those fries, chips and chicken fingers affect your blood sugar, making you feel lethargic. I…

BEST AND WORST BREAKFAST CEREALS

Is your breakfast cereal bowl filled with calories, sugar and sodium? Even if you think you're choosing wisely -- such as Cheerios or Honey Bunches of Oats -- you may be surprised. While these two cereals are among the most popular brands with the biggest sales, they are not the healthiest choices. DietDetective.com ranked 301 different cereal brands based on 19 criteria, including calorie count, fiber content, added sugar, sodium, protein, ingredient placement of whole grains, vitamins, presence of food additives and artificial coloring.

The top 10 healthiest cereals:
Nature's Path Organic Millet Puffs Barbara's Shredded Wheat Kashi Whole Wheat Biscuits Autumn Wheat Quaker Oats Old-Fashioned Nature's Path Oatmeal Gluten Free Selections Homestyle Kashi 7 Whole Grain Cereals Puffs Post Shredded Wheat Original Spoon Size Nature's Path Qi'a Superfood Chia, Buckwheat & Hemp Original Flavor Post Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Wheat'n Bran Nature's Path Origina…

SHAKES ON A PLANE

(Women's Health) You're 35,000 fee up in the air, and should something go wrong, there's no way out. "that's what even the bluest of skies can feel like for those with a fear of flying, one of the 10 most common phobias. "But flight is the safest way to travel," says pilot Katie Pribyl, "and aviation safety records are as good as they've ever been." Great in theory? Three practical ways to keep jitters in check:

Preflight
Lessen external stressors by arriving at the airport with ample time to get through security and to pick up your favorite healthy snack to bring on the plane for comfort.

Takeoff and landing
Listening to an audio book or music while taking off and touching down helps block out potentially irksome sounds and redirect your thoughts.

During turbulence
Fear is more likely to gain a foothold when you're alone. Strike up a conversation with the person sitting next to you, whether you know them or not.

BURN IT UP

Office snacks may boost morale, but they can wreck your waistline and sabotage your health. Since most of us are lugging around excess body fat, this kind of morale booster is not helping our diet efforts and may inadvertently contribute to increasing sick days and perhaps anxiety, listlessness or moodiness when the resulting sugar rush wears off. If you weigh 160 pounds, you would need to do one of the following every day just to burn up those 480 calories:
Walk for 157 minutes Ballroom dance for 132 minutes Golf (with no golf cart or caddy) for 88 minutes Backpack for 56 minutes Run fast for 29 minutes  In addition, these sugary treats wreak havoc with our bodies, spiking insulin levels and making fat burning impossible. Today the average American eats his or her weight in sugar every year. The typical person eats 50 teaspoons of sugar every day -- most of it hidden in processed and packaged foods.

MORE THAN POCKET CHANGE

According to a Women's Health tally, regularly outsourcing beauty treatments can cost over $3,000 a year. Check out their beauty math which is based on averages they sourced from different salons around the U.S. and think of all the things you could do with your newfound cash by doing it yourself:

Spray Tan
The average booth spray tan clocks in at roughly $30. If you get one every month, you'll pay up to $360 a year, or about two and a half months of daily Starbucks runs.

Hair Color
Prices vary, but a single process tends to run $50 to $100. Going every six weeks means forting over $450 to $900 a year, which is about the cost of a monthly car payment.

Blowout
At about $40 a pop, that weekly blowout will set you back $2,080 by the end of the year or close to a quarter of the average American's federal tax bill.

Manicure
A typical spa mani costs about $20, so hitting the nail salon every two weeks could ring in at $520 a year, the price of a plane ticket to some far-flung destin…

WEIRD NEWS

You Never Stop Being a Mom!
Ada Keating is 98-years-old and believes one thing most adamantly - you never stop being a mom. She's moved into a British retirement home so that she can help care for 80-year-old son whom she felt needed more care and support than he was getting. Keating has joined her son, Tom at Moss View care home in Liverpool, where he has been since 2016. Tom never married so they have always lived together and are inseparable, spending time playing games or watching TV. Ada said, "I say goodnight to Tom in his room every night and I'll go and say good morning to him. I'll tell him I'm coming down for breakfast. When I go out to the hairdressers he'll look for me to see when I'm coming back. When I get back he'll come to me with his arms outstretched and give me a big hug." Tom adds, "She's very good at looking after me. Sometimes she'll say "Behave yourself." Care home manager Philip Daniels said, "I…

DID YOU KNOW?

Nearly 15% of men gamble at least once a year without telling their wives. According to Bride Magazine, roughly 14% of brides who get married each year are pregnant. 7% of Americans have an unnatural fear of their toilet. When we buy popcorn at the movies, we're paying a 900% mark-up. John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft are the only two presidents buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Almost 70% of people today are omitting the word "obey" from their wedding vows.

TODAY'S IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

30% of adults do this while driving? Use Snapchat.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Actor Kevin Spacey has apologized to fellow actor Anthony Rapp for what Rapp alleges was an unwanted sexual encounter that occurred when he was 14. Spacey has also come out and admitted publicly for the first time, he is gay. What are the odds? A husband and wife from California who survived the mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival died several weeks after the Oct. 1 massacre in an auto crash. Dennis and Lorraine Carver died after their vehicle crashed into a metal gate outside their community in Riverside County, California, and burst into flames on Oct. 16. Starting next year, Saudi Arabia will begin allowing women into sports stadiums. A U.S. federal court in Washington on Monday blocked President Trump's administration from enforcing his ban on transgender people serving in the American military. A new survey says that teachers are more stressed than they were two years ago, thanks to school budget cuts, bullying, coarse political discourse and the shaky status …

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1517, a Catholic priest named Martin Luther nailed 95 theses on the church door, which began the Protestant Reformation. So, today is the 500th Anniversary.
To be clear, I said theses. It was not only the beginning of the Reformation, but day one of the no-nailing-things-on-the-church-door policy. The church tried to settle out of court and move a few priests around, but no... Since this began the reformation and resulted in the Lutheran church, I'm going to assume that 'theses" is Latin for "Casserole recipes." It was a much more mature gesture than his first -- the 95 feces.  On this date in 1864, Nevada became our 36th U.S. state. What were the odds? I'm sure they knew. It was a gamble, but with Nevada, isn't it always?

In 1952, the U.S. set off the first hydrogen bomb in the Marshall Islands. At first, they denied it and blamed the dog.

On this date in 1956, streetcar services ended in Brooklyn. Up until that time, Rice-Aroni was the &q…

Music Calendar...

In 1908 "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" by Billy Murray & Haydn Quartet is #1 on the charts.

In 1942 "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby is #1 on the charts.

In 1954 "This Ole House" by Rosemary Clooney is #1 on the charts.

In 1958 The Flamingos record "I Only Have Eyes For You."

In 1964 Joan Baez joins Bob Dylan onstage for three duets at a concert in New York.

In 1964 "Ringo" by Lorne Greene enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1964 "Baby Love" by the Supremes hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 4 weeks.

In 1964 Barbra Streisand's "People" LP hits #1 on the U.S. albums chart and stayed there for 5 weeks.

In 1965 Wayne Fontana leaves the Mindbenders.

In 1967 The Rolling Stones' Brian Jones is sentenced to 6 months on drug charges.

In 1968 Linda Eastman moves to the UK to be with Paul McCartney.

In 1970 Michelle Phillips (Mamas & Papas) weds actor Dennis Hopper. The un…

Today In History...

In 1517 Martin Luther begins the Protestant Reformation in Germany when he posts the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace church.

In 1864 Nevada becomes the 36th U.S. state.

In 1922 Benito Mussolini (Il Duce) becomes premiere of Italy.

In 1926 Erich Weiss, better known as Magician Harry Houdini, dies in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix.

In 1938 Orson Welles expresses "deep regret and bewilderment" on the day after his "War Of The Worlds" program panicked listeners.

In 1941 A German submarine torpedoes U.S. Navy destroyer "Ruben James" off the coast of Iceland killing 115. It was the first American warship to sink during World War II, even though the U.S. had not yet entered the conflict.

In 1952 The U.S. set off the first hydrogen bomb in the Marshall Islands.

In 1955 Britain's Princess Margaret ends weeks of speculation by announcing she would not marry Royal Air Force Captain Peter Townse…

Born On This Day...

In 1705 Pope Clement XIV (1769-1774)

In 1740 Statesman, William Paca (signed the Declaration of Independence)

In 1795 English poet/publisher, John Keats

In 1801 Educator, Theodore Woolsey (Yale University president 1846-71)

In 1802 Inventor, Benoit Fourneyron (water turbine)

In 1815 German mathematician, Karl Weierstrass (theory of functions)

In 1828 English scientist, Joseph Wilson Swan (dry photographic plate)

In 1860 Philanthropist, Juliette Gordon Low (founded Girl Scouts of America)

In 1860 Congressman, Andrew Volstead (father of the U.S. dry law)

In 1867 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Edward Delahanty

In 1887 Chinese statesman, Chiang Kai-shek (first Chinese president)

In 1888 Explorer, Sir George Hubert Wilkins (polar research)

In 1897 Football Hall-of-Famer, Wilbur "Pete" Henry (Giants)

In 1900 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Cal Hubbard [d: 10-17-77]

In 1900 Singer, Ethel Waters (Stormy Weather, Dinah) [d: 9-1-77]

In 1902 Actor, Eduard Franz (Senor Gr…

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber are now in regular contact, and it has royally pissed off members of her family. A member of Selena's family tells us many of them have never forgiven Justin for what they claim was extremely bad conduct during their long on-again-off-again relationship. One family member says, "Justin is a vile human and will never be accepted by us. As long as she is even speaking to him in any way, it is not only disrespectful to everyone around her, it is disrespectful to herself." Some members of Selena's family believe she went to rehab for depression because of the way Justin treated her. As for Selena ... she's not taking her cue from her family, because she's been around Justin at least 3 times in the last week. (TMZ)

Why Nicole Kidman Pledged to Work With a Female Director Every 18 Months. After pledging to work with a female director every 18 months, Nicole Kidman opened up about her promise to support more women in Hollywood. The Osca…