Category: Cronkite News

Guacamole growing Super Bowl MVP snack food

Kaitlyn Ahrbeck Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 Guacamole growing Super Bowl MVP snack food This Sunday, football fans should only worry about the final score in the Super Bowl, not the guacamole bowl running out. Mexico is making sure of that, exporting millions of avocados to guacamole-crazed Americans for the game. Forget Cinco de Mayo or the Fourth of July — U.S. consumers slam down more guacamole during the Super Bowl than any other day. As many as 139 million pounds of avocados will be consumed this Super Bowl week, an increase from 120 million pounds last year, according to the California Avocado Commission. The tradition is almost as mainstream as chicken wings — though not quite. Chicken wings still outsell guacamole by about 1 billion, according to the Washington, D.C.-based National Chicken Council. But avocado growth is on the rise, largely because the health benefits of avocados have been gaining interest in the U.S. Phoenix-area restaurants, supermarkets and bars are packed with avocados, many of them originating in the Mexican central state of Michoacán. “There is more interest in guacamole and avocados,” said Irving Rodriguez, owner of Así Es La Vida restaurant, one of several in the Phoenix area expected to see a spike over the weekend. “Case studies show all the good qualities that avocados have to offer, so it makes since to make more guacamole.” Jose Serpas,...

Read More

Efforts to reduce cellphone use while driving hindered by enforcement concerns

Gabrielle Abbott Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 Efforts to reduce cellphone use while driving hindered by enforcement concerns Using a cellphone while driving, especially if the driver is a teen, is known to be unsafe and a distraction. House Bill 2241 is an effort to take phones out of the hands of young drivers, but law enforcement says the proposed legislation would be difficult to enforce. Rep. Karen Fann, R-Prescott, proposed a bill that would prohibit use of mobile phones by drivers with instruction permits and teen drivers who are within their first six months of having a license. This would not apply after a driver’s 18th birthday or in emergency situations. The bill has been assigned to the traffic and infrastructure committee, and a hearing is expected within the next two weeks. Rep. Randall Friese, D-Tucson, a co-sponsor of the bill, said House Bill 2241 is a logical step in working toward creating the safest conditions for drivers. “Clearly a distracted driver is a driver who is at risk to cause injury to themselves or another,” he said. “When you’re talking about a driver who is just learning how to drive, and add distraction on top of that, that is a recipe for disaster.” Phoenix Police Department Det. Joe Bianchi said the bill would be a good start, but enforcement of it would be difficult and unlikely. The age-specificity...

Read More

Arizonans to make the trek for Pope Francis’ first visit to border

Mauricio Casillas Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 Arizonans to make the trek for Pope Francis’ first visit to border Sergio Siller was tired of hearing about bad news coming out of his Mexican hometown of Ciudad Juárez. That’s why when the Phoenix resident received the news in late November that Pope Francis was visiting Juárez, he was overjoyed. “I was just so happy,” Siller said. “Juárez has suffered a lot with the violence. I have friends and family that have passed. Francis is going to help heal the wounds of the city.” Siller is one of hundreds of Arizonan Catholics making the trip south of the border to see Francis, who begins his Feb. 12-17 historic pilgrimage in Mexico City. Francis’ last stop will be in Ciudad Juárez, just steps away from the Rio Grande. The visit to the border will be the closest a pope has been to Phoenix since John Paul II held a mass in Sun Devil Stadium in September 1987. Auxiliary Bishop for the Catholic Roman Diocese of Phoenix Eduardo Nevares will lead the Arizona delegation, making the 444-mile trek from the Valley to Juárez. The bishop hopes to have a five-minute reunion with Francis in which he plans to send “the greetings of the people of Arizona to him and let him know of our love and prayer,” he said, adding that he hopes Francis’...

Read More

Phoenix entrepreneur hopes to cash in on ABC’s Shark Tank

Lauren Michaels Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 Phoenix entrepreneur hopes to cash in on ABC’s Shark Tank On the ABC show “Shark Tank,” entrepreneurs face their fears by jumping into the shark tank – or an antagonizing room – hoping to persuade one of the five investors to become a partner to grow their business. Most of the contestants aren’t so lucky, and the “sharks” often shred the entrepreneurs to pieces verbally and leave them without a deal. But that didn’t stop a Valley entrepreneur from going on the show. The opportunity outweighed the fear. Angela Cody-Rouget, who has made a business out of helping families get organized, will appear on the show Friday to pitch Major Mom. While many people see spring cleaning as a chore, the mother of two sees it as a career. “My husband said, ‘You know what? You’re really organized and you like doing it for everyone we know, why don’t you do it for a living?’” Cody-Rouget said. The Phoenix resident helps her customers sort through their personal items, deciding what to sell, donate and keep. But she developed her talents as a leader in the military. Cody-Rouget served as a major in the U.S. Air Force and completed 16 years of service. At the beginning of the Great Recession in late 2006, Cody-Rouget found herself needing a job. That’s when she created Major...

Read More

Turf Paradise remains under quarantine after horse virus outbreak at New Mexico racetrack

Mallory Price Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 Turf Paradise remains under quarantine after horse virus outbreak at New Mexico racetrack Horses at Turf Paradise racing facility remain under quarantine after a highly contagious equine virus led officials to euthanize an infected horse brought in from New Mexico, according to Turf Paradise officials. Vincent Francia of Turf Paradise and a Valley veterinarian said there is little chance of the virus spreading in Arizona and horse owners have no reason to worry because the virus is contained at the racing facility. Turf Paradise remains open and operational during a four-week quarantine required by the Arizona Department of Agriculture. Horse are not permitted to enter or leave the racetrack. The facility boards more than 1,700 other horses, Francia said, and races continue to go on. Two other horses that arrived at Turf Paradise from the New Mexico racing facility in late January have been isolated, he said. The quarantine ends Feb. 18. The Equine Herpes Virus starts with a fever and then muscle weakness that leaves a horse unable to stand, said Greg Byrne, a Valley veterinarian who has treated horses with the virus. “Typically, they sit like a dog,” Byrne said. A respiratory strain of the virus is common, much like a cold is for humans, he said, but the neurological strain is more deadly. Acting State Veterinarian Sue Gale said in...

Read More