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Family of 7 escapes from house fire


Date: 11/28/2015 4:01:00 PM

This happened near Lake Pleasant Parkway and Deer Valley Road. Firefighters say the fire started in the garage of the two-story home and was contained to that area. No one inside suffered any serious injuries in the fire. "I got a little burn but that's

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Trend toward earlier ‘Black Friday’ continues in NW Valley

Your West Valley

Date: 11/27/2015 12:50:00 AM

They have carolers, it just puts you in the Christmas spirit” said Kristi Raymond, 37, of Peoria after emerging from Target in Lake Pleasant Pavilion with her husband and another couple around 7:30 p.m. Thursday. “We look for the big-ticket items

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Lake Pleasant / Speculator / Arietta Meetings


Date: 11/25/2015 10:14:00 PM

Friday, Nov. 27: 3:30-5:30pm, Food Pantry Open, North Country Bible Fellowship. Monday, Nov. 30: 9am, Osteobusters, LP Methodist Church. Tuesday, Dec. 1: 5:30pm, AA meets, LP Methodist Church; 7pm, Piseco Fire Dept. meets, fire hall; 7:15pm, Speculator

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Peoria special census in extra innings; will take phone-ins

Your West Valley

Date: 11/25/2015 2:13:00 PM

Peoria has seen a housing boom in its northern and northwestern sections, especially along the Lake Pleasant Parkway corridor, near Loop 303 and in the Vistancia area. The city’s population as of the beginning of the decade is 154,065. Local officials

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Call for Volunteers for the Prickly Pedal on the Maricopa Trail Mountain Bike Race

Sonoran News

Date: 11/25/2015 12:05:00 PM

The event begins at Lake Pleasant Regional Park and ends in the Town of Cave Creek (near the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area). An estimated 300 riders will wind their way along the Maricopa Trail to complete the 50-mile course. Proceeds from the race

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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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