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7:00AM - Arizona Staycation Hour

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Segment 1 (running time 12:05)

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We broadcast live from the Hassayampa Inn in Prescott for the "Western Art Walk" put on by the Phippen Art Museum.

  • Rosie's favorite artists.
  • Fun Facts about the 85 year history of the Hassayampa Inn!
  • We talk about the "quick draw" competition this weekend. 1 Hour Painting with a frame.

Segment 2 (running time 7:42)

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Rosie reminds us to take some time to truly think about the meaning of this "Memorial Day Weekend!"

More Arizona Happenings this Weekend:

  • Crown King hosted the "Smallest Memorial Day Parade" in the US.

**Rosie & Romey mention a few they like: The Lone Spur Cafe in Prescott and the Peacock Room has great steak!

Find American Made Products (including a US Flag for Memorial Day) Click Here!

Segment 3 (running time 11:28)

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Arizona Happenings:

*We recap all the Rosie articles in different Newspapers across Arizona.

*Summer weather brings on the "miracle cure" every year on saving money on AC bills in the summer.  (The attic is NOT the place to start)

Segment 4 (running time 8:43)

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Where to start when it comes to saving $$$ on summer electric bills:

  • Shade....Start with the windows!!!  (Sunscreens, shade trees, etc.)
  • An "energy audit" is the best way to determine where you are losing money cooling your home.

John Eisenhower, owner of Integrity Tree Service joins us to talk about the Arizona Community Tree Council's "tree climbing" event in Flagstaff. Should be a lot of fun!

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

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Segment 1 (running time 12:39)

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We've got the whole state covered for your landscape & garden hour!!! 

Romey & Rosie are with Chris Wellborn of Vicente Landscaping & Ken Lain from Watters Garden Centers in Prescott, plus we've got Jay from Harper's Nurseries in Phoenix!

*Rosie talks about the Weed Dragon Torch Kit & Bob at Grandma's Farms in Phoenix.

Desert Dwellers Tip for the Week:

Memorial Day is one of 3 weekends to fertilize your citrus trees (and others too!)  It's a great time for dethatching and aerating your lawn and verify your sprinkler systems are set correctly for the summer heat.

Tips for Fire Prevention from Chris Wellborn:

  • How to prepare you property.  Remove dead wood and debris around your home.
  • New Homes: Choose the right plants, the correct spacing and best setup to help protect your home.
  • Prescott's "Water Conservation Incentive" Program

Ken Lain introduces plants to consider if you live in Northern Arizona: 

  • Salvia Flower's are colorful and flame resistant.
  • New Sage "blue marble" are hearty and reseed throughout the yard. (deer don't like them either!) 

Segment 2 (running time 6:04)

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Ken & Romey continue talking about plants to consider in Northern Arizona:

  • Purple Leaf Plum Trees
  • Pear Trees create beautiful flowers.

*We discuss "chill hours" and what that means to fruits in different elevations across the state.

Segment 3 (running time 11:33)

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Chris and Romey talk about the Piyon Pine Scale attacking trees in Arizona.

  • How to spot them.
  • Treating them?  Ken created a systemic called "plant protector" he made for listeners in Northern Arizona. Find it at Watter's Garden Center.


  • Frank - He is having trouble getting his Jacaranda tree or Hibiscus plant to bloom..what can he do to promote blooming? They're about 10 years old.

Recommendation - He needs to find a fertilizer high in phosphorous for both. That is what promotes blooming.  Freezing can slow blooming, but there are several other factors to consider. Hibiscus can use a fertilizer specific to roses. Bonide has a product you can use.

*Grass species that thrive in the cooler climates.  (Fescue Grass is #1 variety in NAZ)

*Ken supplements "Creeping Thyme" in the lawn to cut down on maintenance. 

Segment 4 (running time 7:11)

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  • Nancy - Her rosemary plants have spit bugs all over them and wants to know how to get rid of them?

Recommendation - If you use it for culinary purposes, use an organic spray like triple action or neem oil to eliminate them, while ensuring it's safe to eat later.

  • Debbie - She has an indoor/outdoor cat and it's chewing on the oleander plants. Will Repels All from Bonide work to keep it out of them?

Recommendation - Bonide makes a product for rabbits, dogs, etc. Just make sure to treat specifically for dogs and cats, not just deer and other critters. 

Ken shares one more of his favorite plants, the dahlia.  They grow very big and have several colors to choose from.

Thanks to Chris from Vicente Landscaping, Ken Lain from Watters Garden Centers and Jay with Harper's Nursery & Landscaping Center.

9:00AM - On The House Hour

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Segment 1 (running time 12:00)

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We share more history about the Hassayampa Inn in Prescott!

  • Famous Guests....(The Beach Boys, Kim Basinger...)
  • How it was paid for by local investors over 85 years ago.
  • We're up North for the "Western Art Walk" put on by the Phippen Museum.

*History of Arcosanti & how Tom was involved in it's early years.  To learn more about their goals, read "Death & Life of A Great American Cities"


  • Kenny - He picked up treated lumber from a big box store and installed it after being told it was "ground contact" approved. The inspector rejected his work and he wants to know how many grades of pressure treated woods are approved for ground contact?

Recommendation - There aren't any wood treatments that should be used in direct contact with the ground. He's getting bad advice from the store and it should be 12 - 16 inches from the soil.

Segment 2 (running time 6:44)

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  • Clark - "Nothing spells catastrophe like a ruptured water tank at 5:30 in the morning"  It's a solar water heater and there is a motorized zone valve stuck open between the circulating pump and collector. Can he replace that with a mechanical check valve?

Recommendation - Tom discovers the valve was intended to be a back-flow valve, so it should be fine to use the check valve, but to verify we'll hook Clark up with a solar heater expert from the Rosie Network.

**Rosie has a Consumer Warning in Phoenix. Learn how to avoid becoming a victim. If you haven't invited the person at the door to your home, you do NOT have to deal with them!

Segment 3 (running time 11:58)

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  • They're taking out a lot of tubs and replacing them with walk-in showers.
  • Full Home Remodels
  • Buying a home and completely overhauling them. 
  • How the economy downturn deferred a home's maintenance. 
  • The Market is still "hit and miss" and homeowner's are still skeptical about the economy.
  • "Motivators" for remodeling projects, depending on the homeowner's age.
  • Tom's "ideal home" and how he'd build it.

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*We giving away a Canyon Cooler today and an Evaporative Cooler from Honeywell!

Segment 4 (running time 6:44)

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  • We have a side conversation on materials Tom uses for decking...Trex, etc.  The maintenance is much easier with synthetic materials, but we talk about all the other options and how to treat them properly.

10:00AM - Open Home Hour

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Segment 1 (running time 12:03)

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Bob Boze Bell, Executive Editor of True West Magazine, joins Rosie & Romey and you have got to listen...so funny!

  • Some controversial radio skits he got away. (not pg rated!)
  • Why were the police involved??  Find out and listen.

Bob gives us his history with True West Magazine and why he got involved.  He loved western TV growing up and he even sings the Theme Song to the Wyatt Earp TV Show.

*Learn about the real history of Wyatt Earp...he was no saint and Bob is working on the sharing the real story.

*Why Bob Boze Bell thinks the rough women of the West need more recognition.

Segment 2 (running time 6:47)

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  • Bob shares more stories about the old west.  Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, etc...Learn about "Comanche Joe Stillwell" & Pete Trudeau
  • Bob and True West Magazine is working on the real story behind Poncho Villa. 
  • George Phippen History.
  • We discuss the "Quick Draw" Competition

Thanks to Bob for joining us! We hope he can join us again, soon.

Segment 3 (running time 12:14)

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We giveaway a Canyon Cooler to a lucky listener in Prescott!

Tom and Rosie discuss remodeling in major metropolitan areas and working in high rises....Doesn't sound fun to us.

Outdoor Favorites From The National Hardware Show:

  • Rosie loves the improvements with Evap. Coolers outdoors rather than misters. (in Northern AZ, extending summers are more important. Extending the outdoor time with patio heaters, etc.)
  • Outdoor Big Screens & Sound Systems. (Romey loves The Sonos System at his home)

Rosie asks Tom about backup power for customer's living in the country. Propane is used a lot with some solar installations too.  If you need propane, call Barrett Propane.

Segment 4 (running time 6:37)

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Billie from Prescott Valley wins the Canyon Cooler!  (American Made in Flagstaff)

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