Category: Cronkite News

Arizona reboots talks on drought plan while rest of Colorado River Basin watches

Bret Jaspers Thursday, June 21, 2018 Arizona reboots talks on drought plan while rest of Colorado River Basin watches PHOENIX – Water managers in Arizona again are trying to strike a deal that would help prepare the state for future cuts to its water supply if Lake Mead drops below specific levels, which could come as early as 2020. The renewed effort to forge a drought-contingency plan comes after a year of anxiety and gridlock over the future of the Colorado River in a time of higher temperatures and dwindling precipitation. More than 40 million people rely on the river for water. And as Arizona tries again, the six other states in the vast Colorado River Basin – Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, Wyoming and New Mexico – are watching intently. In 2017, the United States and Mexico agreed to a new strategy that would lead to increased savings of water by Mexico, but that regional agreement will only go into effect if Arizona, California and Nevada finalize their contingency plan for the Lower Basin. A brief recap: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey held a series of water meetings last year that ended in a stalemate between the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Central Arizona Project, which pumps Colorado River water to Phoenix and Tucson. This spring, representatives of Upper Basin states criticized Arizona’s lack of progress, as well...

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‘A lot like Garnett’: Deandre Ayton compared to former NBA MVP

Jack Harris Thursday, June 21, 2018 ‘A lot like Garnett’: Deandre Ayton compared to former NBA MVP PHOENIX — Following his pre-draft workout with the Phoenix Suns, the one and only team he worked out for this offseason, the NBA draft’s presumptive No. 1 overall pick, Deandre Ayton, was asked which player’s game his most resembles. “Kevin Garnett,” Ayton said. Although most basketball pundits heralded Ayton as the top prospect in this year’s draft class, his Garnett comparison was lofty. Garnett is a former MVP and perennial All-Star, a four-time All-NBA First Team selection who averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists per game between 1996-2013, the prime years of his 22-season career. There were specific parts of Garnett’s game Ayton liked most, skills he is trying to replicate himself: “How he changed the game, rebounding, from offense to defense,” and, “his intensity on both ends of the floor. How he’s so vocal with his teammates.” Ayton said. In many ways, the comparison makes sense. Garnett’s long-time trainer, Joe Abunassar, can easily spot some of the similarities. “(Ayton is) an incredible talent. Great body, great size, great athleticism,” said Abunassar, who is now the president of player training program IMPACT Basketball. “If you look at skill set and size and those things … it’s a lot like Garnett.” Garnett (6-foot-11, 240 pounds in his playing days) and Ayton...

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Short and sweet: The month Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley spent together at Hillcrest

Jordan Kaye Thursday, June 21, 2018 Short and sweet: The month Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley spent together at Hillcrest PHOENIX — Within minutes of each other Thursday, Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley will walk across the NBA Draft stage in Brooklyn and into the lives they have long imagined, the ones they have prepared for, the ones that have been expected by those around them. Off to the side, Matt Allen and Nick Weaver will watch NBA Commissioner Adam Silver call out their names. Beyond the happiness, Allen and Weaver, the athletic director and recruiting coordinator, respectively, at basketball-centric Hillcrest Prep, will likely think about the question many have asked: What if Ayton and Bagley stayed together at Hillcrest beyond the month they were there in 2015? “I’ve thought about that a lot,” Allen told Cronkite News. “If they jelled and everything and worked together through the whole season, it could have easily been the best high school team.” Uniting at Hillcrest A little more than five months after leading Tempe’s Corona Del Sol High School to a state championship, and four months after he became the first freshman to be named an All-American by CBS MaxPreps , Bagley, who was ranked as the No. 1 2018 recruit in the country, left Corona. In August 2015, he announced he was headed west to Hillcrest, an upstart basketball prep school...

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ASU partners with Valley Metro to equip buses with thermal sensors

Amanda Mason and Jéssica Alvarado Gámez Thursday, June 21, 2018 ASU partners with Valley Metro to equip buses with thermal sensors PHOENIX – Problems can’t be managed unless researchers have accurate measurements. For example, would planting a million trees reduce the ambient temperature in Phoenix by a tenth of a degree Fahrenheit or 10 degrees Fahrenheit? Researchers would need valid data to answer that question, said David Sailor, director of Arizona State University’s Urban Climate Research Center. To better determine the effectiveness of heat-reduction efforts, the center recently partnered with Valley Metro to equip 10 buses with advanced sensors to collect temperature and humidity data in a methodical way from a variety of areas around the Valley. “The measurements that we’re doing across Phoenix right now certainly help in terms of understanding the spatial and temporal variation of thermal environments,” Sailor said. “The idea that when it’s extremely hot out, people get sick, people die.” Domes housing the battery-powered sensors are placed on top of the compressed-natural-gas powered buses, away from the waste heat of the vehicles’ air-conditioning system. Air moves through two openings in the dome, producing more accurate readings. As the buses move across the city, the sensors capture a good signature of data because the vehicles have fixed routes and operate through a large portion of the day, which can help determine and reduce adverse health...

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