How the Colorado River and Water Levels Impact AZ Homeower's Print

7:00AM - Arizona Staycation Hour

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We're live from the 1st ever, Arizona Get Outdoor Expo at WestWorld of Scottsdale!

Cory with Colorado River Discovery & Kyle with the Arizona River Runners join the crew to talk about rafting the Colorado River.

  • Romero Family memories from their trip down the river.
  • How Cory & Kyle got into their jobs and some family history.
  • Trip recommendations from the experts.

Segment 2 (running time 6:49)

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Another Colorado expert, Dick from the Arizona River Runners joins the crew.

  • Age restrictions for a fun family trip?
  • 3 or 6 day trips and the benefits.
  • 1/2 Day or Single Day trip details.
  • Boat types and improving safety.
  • Powell Geographic Expedition of 1869.

Segment 3 (running time 11:54)

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  • Our guests favorite parts of rafting down the Grand Canyon.


  • Do either one of our guests have trips that float by the Havasu Falls?

Recommendation - They do get to Havasu Creek, but thats an additional 8 or 9 mile hike, so not exactly. It would require an extra day trip.

  • More history on John Wesley Powell and his advtenture down the Colorado River & the Grand Canyon.
  • The Real Dangers of boating through the Grand Canyon.
  • Expectations for a longer or shorter trip floating down the river.

Don't forget to sign up for the Sanderson Ford Arizona Staycation!!!

*Thanks to our partners, Coyote Oaties Cookies.


Segment 4 (running time 9:26)

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  • Uniques stories and personalities from the Grand Canyon Guides.
  • The "Coors Light Lady" who guided people down the river.
  • "The Honeymoon Couple" -a mysterious trip with many theories and legends.
  • If you want to take a trip.....plan ahead! Most trips need to be planned a year or more in advance.

Click the links in the previous segments to schedule your trip!

8:00AM - Outdoor Hour with John Jay Harper

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Segment 1 (running time 12:02)

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Jay from Harper's Nursery & Landscaping Company joins us for the outdoor hour.

Tip of the Week: We discuss water consumption and ways to cut down on waste in your garden and lawn.  

  • Jay discusses the best lawns for low maintenance homeowners and the benefits.
  • Irrigations systems left on for no good reason. Are you watering rocks?
  • Consider letting gardens die during the extreme summer heat and save water for a few months.
  • Water costs?
  • Save during the monsoon season & make sure irrigation timers are set correctly.



Segment 2 (running time 6:33)

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  • Jay talks about his "Water-Wise Landscaping" theory.

Donna from Water Use It Wisely joins the show to talk about saving water techniques.

  • Download great pamphlets on conserving water here.
  • Tips on the biggest water wasters in our landscape.
  • Guides on watering properly.
  • The small leaks in your house really add up!

Segment 3 (running time 12:42)

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  • Raymond - His neighbor's roots are encroaching on his property and it's damaging his block wall. What would Jay recommend doing to get him to pay for the damage.

Recommendation - Verify foundation issues with Arizona Foundation Solutions and John Eisenhowser with Integrity Tree Service would know the best options for him.

*The guys discuss native plants and other plants that thrive in the desert.

*Picking the proper plants and putting them in the correct places, you'll save water, cool your home and save on water AND energy bills.

  •  Katie - She has two patio fans and wants Jays advice on replacing the blades for the outdoors?

Recommendations - Just make sure that they're rated to be "outdoor" and she'll be good to.

*Romey talks about fans he likes that he picked up at C-A-L Ranch in Goodyear.

  •  Pete - He just wanted to comment on the water useage by our sports fields acroos the country. Is this a waste?

Recommendation - Jay just discusses the pros and cons of synthetic turf being used.

Segment 4 (running time 6:39)

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Jay's brother played pro football and we continue our discussion on artificial turf.


  • Lee - His front yard is coverd in can he get rid of it?

Recommendation - He has a grass lawn, so Jay recommends using a broad leaf herbicide to get rid of the existing lawn. In the long-term plan, apply pre-emergent down to prevent new seeds from fertilizing.

*Jay & Romey discuss the best times to apply pre-emergent.

 If you have a landscape or gardening question, stop in at Harper's Nursery & Landscaping Company!

9:00AM - On The House Hour

Broadcasting on KTAR & KNST, KAFF & KGVY: Click the segment links below to listen to the archive or click the iTunes icon to the right to download this hour's Podcast.



Segment 1 (running time 12:10)

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More about what's happening at the first annual Arizona Get Outdoors Expo at WestWorld of Scottsdale:

  • Archery, fishing, outdoor activities, etc.
  • Mutton Busting!

Rosie welcomes Rita Maguire, an attorney and water management specialist to talk about the Colorado River and laws regarding it's useage.

  • The current draught has been going on for 15 years now.
  • What actually qualifies as a drought?
  • Dividing up the Colorado useage between Arizona & California.
  • Undergroudn water storage.

Segment 2 (running time 6:31)

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  • We all are simply spoiled and don't realize how much water we consume.
  • Be like Rosie & Jennifer and make a commitment to cut down at your home!
  • We waste the most water outdoors.
  • Rita was part of the launch of the Water Use It Wisely campaign. 
  • Farms consume and waste more water than any other group in California.
  • Where we store water underground.

Segment 3 (running time 11:50)

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  • Who makes the decision on when water rationing is enacted.
  • Impacts on Arizona Homeowners.
  • Different levels of rationing and what it entails.
  • The Arizona Water Bank Authority and it's purpose.
  • The impact of lower water impacts Hoover Dam and it's power producing capacities.
  • Arizona has never had to implement rationing. (Even Tier 1, but we're closer than ever!)
  • How desalination impacts water levels and costs associated with the process.
  • Mexico's allotment of the Colorado River.
  • Costs of extracting water.

Segment 4 (running time 6:30)

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  • The good news about Arizona's water levels.
  • What you can do!
  • Rita gives us her forecast.
  • Balancing the population's usage versus farmers needs.
  • Rosie's takeaway's

Thanks to Rita with Maquire & Pearce: Attorney's at Law for stopping by for an update!

10:00AM - Open Home Hour

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Segment 1 (running time 12:06)

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  • Mike Russell, host of Get Outdoors on KTAR and the man responsible for The Great Outdoors Expo joins us to talk about everthing happening this weekend.


  • Terry - He has a condensation line that runs inside his wall from the attic to the ground and it's leaking inside the walls. Should he call a plumber, ac tech or a contractor?

Recommendation - First, he'll need to call an AC company to blow the line out and make sure it's clear. Then, he'd want to check for leaks.

  • Water saving tips for your pool...Deckover can retire your pool

Segment 2 (running time 6:39)

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  • Update on the R.O.C. busting bad contractors.
  • Why going with the cheapest option is usually your worst option.
  • Avoid "Storm Chasers"


  • Cam - Her hot water is not able to provide to more than one appliance at a time. If she turns on a second one, there's virtually no water coming through the tap.

Recommendation - Rosie investigates and suspects that there is an obstruction or a plug issue that needs to be blown out. She needs a Rosie-Certified Plumber!

Segment 3 (running time 13:11)

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  • Chuck - He has a sliding glass door that needs "two men and a boy just to open at all..." Where shoud he start?

Recommendation - He'll need to lift out the operable panel, lay it on it's side and take the rollers that are on the bottom to any Ace Hardware store and they'll usually be able to replace them. This is fairly common. Bring the old one to the store to match. Check that before trying to do anything to the track. Arizona Screen Techs can fix it too.

  • Linda - She just bought a home with sunken living room. She wants Rosie's advice on filling in the space or to leave it?

Recommendation - Rosie has filled in a lot of these. First, she needs to make sure there is no termite damage and then Rosie breaks down the step of filling in the space with more concrete. She can call Rosie On The House Remodeling and so can you!

  • John - He has paint peeling off the bottom of his block wall. He suspects his neighbor's over-watering and causing it.

Recommendation - It is definitely a water issue and is causing moisture to damage the paint. Dig the dirt out a few feet, reseal and repaint the wall to protect the block.

Digital Newsroom:

  • Scott - He always uses Rosie On The House for contractors "because it's like having a 500 pound bulldog if something goes wrong."  All of his interior doors need to be replaced and saw that Freelite is a partner...what is Home Story?

Recommendation - Romey breaks down the way it works and what the partnership is all about. Go for it!

Segment 4 (running time 6:02)

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  • Mark - He has an AC question on his RV...he has no condensation....

Recommendation - There should be condensation with our high humidity. He probably needs to call the Bumper to Bumber Show that follows our show on KTAR. 

  • Cindy - She had an 8 foot patio door and wants to use them for an outdoor shower...can she get the glass etched and would that work?

Recommendation - Absolutely, she can etch the glass or use decals for privacy. It's a great recycling project.

*We recap the 2015 Arizona Crawfish Festival.

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