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7:00AM - Arizona Staycation Hour

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Segment 1 (running time 12:12)

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Rosie chats with M. Lee Allison, Director and State Geologist with the Arizona Geological Survey.

  • Arizona is experiencing hundreds of small earthquakes and we discuss what's happening.
  • Is it new or do we just have better equipment to sense movement?
  • We discuss earthquake "Swarms" that happen by the hundreds.
  • What it takes to acutally feel an earthquake & how far down do they move below the surface.
  • AZ has 8 stations of seismic instruments to pick up movement, as well as ASU and the National Geological Organizations.

Segment 2 (running time 7:36)

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More on Earthquake Swarms happening in Arizona:

  • Earthquake coverage and sensors are fairly new to the state.
  • Does that mean earthquakes are new or that we are just sensing them now?
  • The relationship with California and the relationship regionally and nationally.
  • Sesimic plates are expanding here. What does that mean and how does it relate to the rest of the US and the earth?

Segment 3 (running time 12:11)

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  • The fault found Black Canyon is new to geologists in Arizona.
  • How big of an earthquake does it take to damage a bulding?
  • We discuss faults near Oak Creek & Lake Mary and what it means to residents across the state. 
  • With so many instruments added across Arizona, it may look like the whole northern part of the state is moving, but experts believe we are just picking up the movement now and that it's always been that way.
  • April 30th is "America's PrepareAthon" a national day of action to prepare to deal with natural disaster's.
  • The Sonora earthquake was the largest recorded in Arizona on May 3rd, 1887.
  • Here's our guide to Home Preparedness.
  • Romey also created this "Bug Out" or "Get Home" Survival Bag Guide!
  • A few new faults that have been discovered in Northern Arizona.

Segment 4 (running time 8:33)

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  • Creating a Landslide Map marking all the sites in AZ. They've found over 4500!
  • Click here or a map of landslide areas and a video timeline of earthquake history in Arizona.
  • Where does a state geologist choose to live in Arizona?
  • What does all this mean to building codes? Will they change?

Thanks to Mr. Allison for joining us today!!!

8:00AM - Outdoor Living: Notes from the Nursery with Jay Harper

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Segment 1 (running time 12:24)

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Plant expert Jay, owner of Harper's Nursery & Ladscaping Company is here to answer your questions on anything out in the yard!

  • May 1st is "National Garden in the Nude Day!"  Are you going all natural tomorrow?! Ha!
  • Jay joins us by phone from the nursery while the Sun Country Iris Society sets up their display to show off all the types they grow. We discuss growing these beautiful flowers in Arizona.
  • We also discuss Arbor Day in Arizona. Shade trees can save you $$$ on energy costs too!
  • Sign up for classes with the Arizona Community Tree Council. Click here for "Firewise Training" classes or others available right now.


  • Gina - She lost her mulberry tree and wants to know if it's possible to plant a Jacaranda tree?

Recommendation - Yes! In fact, they are in full bloom right now and look great across the valley. They are a little susceptible to cold, but generally they do well in this area. Jay also walks through planting it correctly.

*The issues with planting a tree directly on top of a stump from an old tree.

Segment 2 (running time 6:49)

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  • Michael - He's got 3 small fruit trees and he thinks he might have been over-watering them. Fruit and leaves are dropping. On a new tree, should he pull off the small fruit during the 1st season?

Recommendation - Jay asks about his drip system and he is NOT using enough water. It needs to go deeper and longer. (Run for hours, not minutes) He also gives advice on fertilizer too.

*Drip systems should make it easier to water your yard, but we get a ton of questions from homeowner's.  We discuss it and encourage you to use Water Use It Wisely's "Watering By the Number's Guide"

Segment 3 (running time 12:20)

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  • Jim - He moved into a new home and the property has 3 live oak trees. They seem to drop litter all the time. Is something wrong or does he need to just get used to it?

Recommendation - Live Oaks usually lose a lot of leaves in March/April, so it should get better the rest of the year.  Jay talks about using the leaf litter as mulch and why he likes just letting it lay on top of the ground.

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  • How do I get rid of goathead weeds in my yard?

Recommendation - We describe what a goathead is and why they are such a nuisance. Pre-emergent will stop them before they start. Use a broadleaf weed spray to kill them to if you have grass, but use a weed & grass killer if you have a gravel lot.  Rosie would use a flame thrower! (We're shocked!)

Segment 4 (running time 6:53)

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  • Maureen - Her gardenia is about 10 years old and is turning brown. What should she do to help it?

Recommendation - They are just a plant that struggles to do well in this area and are do well in containers, rather than right in the ground.  They like acidic conditions and she'll need to use gypsym or sulfur to help improve the drainage. Avoid overwatering! They don't like to stay wet. Once they start to bud, quickly fertilize until they are done flowering.

  • Jim - His vegetable garden has bermuda grass growing in it. He's used roundup and several other steps to eliminate it and is having no luck.

Recommendation - Jay would let the garden sit right now to let it die. He could "solarize" the space with clear plastic to kill all the plants. There's a lot that can be done, so listen  for all the details. His best idea might be to start an above ground garden.

*Jennifer reminds you to watch out for the Arcadia Edible Garden Tours!

Thanks to Jay and remember you can reach him during the week at Harper's Nursery & Landscaping Company!

9:00AM - On The House Hour

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Segment 1 (running time 11:53)

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  • We talk about all the events of the next week, including Memorial Day, Mother's Day and the Huge Spring Cleaning Sale at Oldcastle Superlite!
  • Rosie loves the "Room Scan" App for your phone. He talks about all the uses he has for it and how it could help you picture the changes you're considering at your place. We also discuss a few more that we like.
  • Romey talks with Cheryl Goar of the Arizona Nursery Association about Water Use It Wisely's $8,000 "Drab to Fab" Contest.

Segment 2 (running time 6:57)


  • Carol - She wanted to thank us for the great recommendation of Thermal Advantage. Her friend had to work and couldn't call today, so she had Carol call to say how thrilled she is!

Recommendation - Rosie talks through the call and why Dennis at Thermal Advantage was the right man for the job!

*Romey thanks for Thunderbird Plumbing for helping him fix a water emergency at his home.

  • Stan - He recently built a storage facility and the lumber is leaking sap and he's considering sealing it to stop it. What do we think?

Recommendation - That should stop very soon and he's doing a lot of work to stop something that will stop on it's own very soon. It seems unneccesary.

Segment 3 (running time 11:14)

Romey reminds you to use Bonide's Mole Max to get rid of critters in your  yard!


  • Ken - Rosie gave him a tip on a company that went really well and now he's considering a few different finishes on his bathroom fixtures and wants to know which will last the longest?

Recommendation - The fixture accessories he likes will work just fine and we'll ask the experts during the next hour on what they think of the different finishes and how long each should last.

  • Dionne - She has an apartment above her garage and they are remodeling it right now. The building is made of concrete, the AC system is fine, but they don't know what to do about the insulation.

Recommendation - Call Banker Insulation to analzye her situation or get a whole home energy audit from Green ID or REEis Home Performance & Air Conditioning.

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Segment 4 (running time 8:04)

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  • Steve - He's replacing a rotten wooden gate with a steel gate. What's the best way to attach it to a block wall?

Recommendation - Rosie likes the simple lead sleeves more than any of the other newer methods out there. It seems to hold better than anything else.  Rosie talks through the right bit to use and some tricks to a successful project. 

  • Wayne - He has dry rot on the fascia boards and after Lyons Roofing looked at it, he's still unsure the recommendations he's getting will actually solve the problem?

Recommendation - Lyons Roofing are the experts and we will follow up, but it's doubtful they missed anything.

10:00AM - Open Home Hour

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Segment 1 (running time 12:13)

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  • All the different types of tub molds they offer. 1,000's!!!
  • The unique way they broke into the hotel industry & how they've transformed into a full service bathroom remodeling company.
  • Bathroom History.....way way back. Interesting and funny!
  • Evolutions in fixtures and appliances in the bathroom.

Segment 2 (running time 6:38)

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  • Kurt tells a story about plumbing in Turkey thousands of years ago. Whoa!
  • Rosie & Lori talk about the innovations in bathrooms from the International Builders Show.
  • Would you want to automatically be given your height, weight, and blood pressure?
  • We answer a question from last hour about the finish on fixtures and which will last the longest.

Segment 3 (running time 13:12)

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  • More bathroom history......even in Arizona, plus the danger of improper sanitation.
  • Trends in Universal Design. Stay in your home longer with the right adaptations to your home.
  • Walk-In Tubs and other bathroom appliances that will help you as you age.
  • Conversions from all the trends of the past into a modern style.
  • Color trends for cabinets styles. Gray is big right now.
  • The crew discusses pricing and how they determine quotes for your home and what goes into it.


  • He's trying to fix his single hot and cold fixture in the shower and wants tips on cleaning out the fixture because it leaks. 

Recommendation - We will tackle it in the next segment......

Segment 4 (running time 6:08)

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Lori shares the most common trends in Bathroom & Kitchen remodels.

  • Removing bathtubs and putting in large walk-in showers.
  • Stone planks are very popular. It looks like wood, but will resist the damage moisture can create.
  • Kitchens - Frameless Cabinets. Big in Europe and spreading to the U.S.
  • Thermalfoil is a new surface finish thats popular.

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