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You missed the boat

Annie Stimmel CruiseOne’s 2013 “Great Girl’s Getaway”

is happening right now! The Great Girls have started their cruise adventure in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and will sail through the incredible Panama Canal on their westbound journey to California. The 15-night cruise will take the group through several ports of call in Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico before ending in sunny San Diego. This is CruiseOne’s 13th annual Great

Girl’s Getaway. Each year, ladies from across the country sign up to enjoy spending time together onboard a fun cruise. In past years the Great Girls have cruised the Caribbean, California Coast, Canada/New England, South America and more. The adventures keep on coming - and on each cruise, you get to vote for the next destination! You may have missed this adventure, but

it’s not too late for the next one! This is your invitation to join in the fun on October 5, 2014, as CruiseOne brings it closer to home for a seven night Western Caribbean cruise out of Galveston, Texas. Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas will sail you through the Caribbean’s sparkling blue waters and bring you to islands of tropical paradise that are home to rich culture and complex history.

The fi rst port of call will be in Roatan,

Honduras. This truly unspoiled island is surrounded by the world’s second largest coral reef, which houses hundreds of varieties of sea life and is one of the best snorkeling and scuba diving areas in the world! There are fi ne restaurants, bars,

attractions and beautiful beaches. The next stop is Belize City, Belize. Belize is known as “the Jewel,” and is located between Mexico and Guatemala. It has a unique combination of modernity and rustic Caribbean charm. Its Indian heritage, combined with a rich European history, creates a destination full of charm. The shores of Cozumel, Mexico will greet you next. Again, the waters around this port hold great opportunities for snorkeling with its sheltered coral reefs. There will also be time to explore the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Tulum, majestically perched above the turquoise Caribbean. If you are nervous to travel alone,

CruiseOne makes it easy. The Great Girl’s Getaway group is

fully escorted from

Phoenix! You will meet some amazing and fun ladies travelling with this group, and are sure to make lasting friendships. So grab your best girlfriend or family member and join the group for an unforgettable time full of fun laughs and adventures at sea. There are so many reasons to get away with girl friends; celebrate something special, spend time with your mom or sister, reconnect with old friends, or simply to share a couple laughs together. Isn’t it time to take that much needed break and escape from daily responsibility? Join the fun for the 14th annual Great Girl’s Getaway! Only a small refundable deposit will secure you a lovely stateroom onboard the ship. For details and information on the

Great Girl’s Getaway cruise or any cruise opportunity, please call CruiseOne at 480- 883-6236 or 800-570-6407. 

Water conservation matters

Pauline Lee Pima Utility Company supplies Sun

Lakes with water, but we should not allow our inexpensive water utility rates to lull us into thinking that supplies are limitless. Last year our water rates were restructured from 2- to 3-tier rate structure to encourage water conservation. Water usage below 4000 gallons/month pays the lowest rate and the highest rate is for usage above 10,000 gallons/month. More forest fi res and dust storms are also an indication of our ongoing water shortage. Where do we get our water?

Some of the water that irrigates the

golf courses is recycled

water, but the rest of the water used for homes and irrigation comes from underground aquifers which formed around 245 million years ago. In the past two centuries, white men have settled in the desert and learned to pump water from wells,

Arizona Project was born in 1980 to supply water from the Colorado River into aquifers to prevent land fi ssures and serious water defi cits that began to appear in the Tucson and Phoenix areas. The Colorado River has become the life blood of the seven states in the Southwest. Our federal government has mediated treaties with all the users to share water and even leave some for Mexico on the southern border. Recently the non- profi t group American Rivers named the Colorado as the nation’s “most endangered” river, an echo of a federal

report from

months earlier. Other rivers in Arizona are becoming depleted also. We need to keep water in our rivers to sustain the health of our environment. For more than 43 years Arizona Municipal

turning the

valley occupied by the Phoenix metropolis into a land of citrus groves and cotton fi elds. Many farms have gradually replaced

been by

Water Users Association has promoted policies for sustainability of Arizona’s water supplies for future generations. These policies have enabled the total water usage in Phoenix

to increase by only 18 percent over 30 years, despite a population increase


developments which typically use less water than the farms needed for watering crops. Unfortunately, developers have also aggressively built in non-farming areas where there were no water rights, successfully fi ghting off legislation proposed to prevent such developments. The Arizona population has grown continuously so that Phoenix has now become the sixth largest city in the U.S. As the water level in the aquifers continued to be depleted, the Central

of 83 percent in the same period. Further conservation measures are still needed to lessen the strain on the environment. Sometimes conservation requires a measure of sacrifi ce; the corn growers in Kansas are learning that by reducing their crops by 20 percent today, they will extend their ability to farm from 2040 to 2070 when their wells will be dry. You can learn about ways to conserve water under Conservation at Your water conservation efforts will help to make a difference in our viability in the desert. 

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