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NEWS BRIEFS: University of Washington’s professor talk on carbon emissions, I-732 moved to Oct. 28 … and other items

Peninsula Daily News

Date: 10/21/2016 4:50:00 AM

Rickey Lee Smith, 50, was “wet, tired and hungry” when he walked into the Lake Pleasant Grocery at about 2 p.m., Chief Criminal Deputy Brian King said

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Budget cuts made, bond needed for growth

Glendale Star

Date: 10/20/2016 10:00:00 AM

If you look at six schools up north, 980 is the average enrollment. Purposely, through boundary adjustments last year, we decreased enrollment at Lake Pleasant Elementary. But, there’s a lot of growth going to happen up there.” In February, a committee

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Best Places To Stargaze in Phoenix

Date: 10/20/2016 1:05:00 AM

There are a TON of places to go stargaze when you have the urge. One of the best is Sun Valley Parkway, where the mountains block the bright city lights in Phoenix. Also, Lake Pleasant comes highly recommended. Check out the whole list, here

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Fletcher Heights Dental Care hosts ‘Dentistry from the Heart’

Peoria Times

Date: 10/19/2016 9:04:00 PM

Lake Pleasant Parkway, Suite 204. From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 21, any adult 18 years or older will be able to get free cleaning, free extraction and free fillings at the dental office. All services are on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more

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Dog-friendly hiking trails in Phoenix: 20+ places to take your dog for a hike

ABC 15 Taking Action

Date: 10/19/2016 4:13:00 PM

Regional Parks: Adobe Dam Regional Park, Buckeye Hills Regional Park, Cave Creek Regional Park, Estrella Mountain Regional Park, Lake Pleasant Regional Park, McDowell Mountain Regional Park, San Tan Mountain Regional Park, Spur Cross Ranch, Usery Mountain

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• River: Agua Fria River
• Length: 114 Miles
• Surface Area: 9,222 Acres
• Volume: 688,500 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 1,459 Square Miles
Lake Pleasant, one of the important artificial reservoirs surrounding the Phoenix metropolitan area. Created by the Waddell (Pleasant) Dam, which was finished in 1927, the lake originally had a surface area of 3,700 acres and served as a private irrigation project. At 76 feet high and 2,160 feet long, the original Waddell Dam was, at its completion, the largest agricultural dam project in the world. The lake was filled by the Agua Fria River, capturing a large watershed throughout Yavapai County.

Construction of the Central Arizona Project Aqueduct, which began in 1973, soon diverted water from the Colorado River to the lake, converting the lake from an agricultural project into a storage reservoir for the project. Completed in 1994, the New Waddell Dam tripled the surface area of the lake, submerging the old dam beneath its waters. Shortly after the completion of the dam, the area experienced a prolonged drought, and while the lake grew considerably it would not reach full capacity until early 2005. Although still fed by the Agua Fria River, the CAP aqueduct is the primary source of water for the reservoir.

Lake Pleasant is used as a major water sports recreation center for the Phoenix metro area, as well as serving as an important storage reservoir for the rapidly growing region. A number of boat docks and beach access make the lake a popular destination for scuba diving, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, windsurfing and other water sports.
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