Georgann Yara Special for the Republic Published 1:00 p.m. UTC Jul 21, 2018 Nearly 10 years have passed. But how Alisha Koborg decided to use the $57,000 bonus from her CFO job remains a vivid memory. At the time, Koborg and her husband, Brian, decided to start their own swimming pool-maintenance business. It was 2009, and they were living in Texas. They used her bonus as a springboard. “It was very hard to let that check go. I was gripping it,” Koborg said, as she laughed. But years later, their investment has paid off with Arizona Pool Keeper, their Fountain Hills-based company the couple started in 2012. They returned to Arizona, where they met, after the birth of their first child and started their current business with money garnered from the sale of their first one. In that time, Koborg’s bonus has generated a million-dollar company, she said. In Arizona, they grew an initial client list of 32 pools to one that currently boasts more than 500 accounts for … [Read more...] about ‘Honesty is the best policy’: How an Arizona couple kept their company afloat during difficult times
Weldon B. Johnson Arizona Republic Published 5:45 p.m. UTC Jul 21, 2018 Hot summers are the price we pay for pleasant weather the rest of the year in Arizona. We grudgingly put up with triple-digit temperatures for a few months to get to the payoff in the winter. But there usually are a few days when even the most seasoned Arizonans gripe about how unbearably hot it is. The average temperature during July — the hottest month in Phoenix — is 106.1 degrees but every year a few days are at least 10 degrees hotter than that. Why is that? Several factors play a role. Long days and dry heat Long summer days allow the sun’s rays to heat us up more than in the winter. The longest day of the year (known as the summer solstice) comes on June 21 or 22, depending on the year. On that day we have about 14 hours and 20 minutes of daylight. From that point, each day gets a little shorter until the winter solstice in December. That famous dry … [Read more...] about Arizona weather: What causes summer heat waves?
Bree Burkitt Arizona Republic Published 8:55 p.m. UTC Jul 21, 2018 USA Gymnastics has lifted the suspension of the owner of two Phoenix gymnastic and dance centers who was previously accused of misconduct, according to a statement from the Arizona Sunrays organization. Daniel Witenstein, the owner of Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics and Dance Center, was cleared following a hearing on Saturday, according to the statement USA Gymnastics officials declined to provide any information about the accusations that landed Witenstein on the suspension list earlier this week. The entry on USA Gymnastics website referenced bylaw 9.3, which outlines the process of reporting and investigating allegations of sexual misconduct as the reason. Witenstein was still listed as suspended on the website Saturday afternoon. A representative for the organization did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation from The Arizona Republic. "It is expected USA Gymnastics … [Read more...] about Arizona Sunrays: Suspension lifted for Phoenix gymnastics centers’ owner
U.S. Arizona democratic candidate Ann Kirkpatrick, who is running in the state’s 2nd Congressional District, was booed multiple times during a debate Thursday night when she gave answers in support of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Answering questions alongside five of her democratic primary opponents, Kirkpatrick was first booed after the moderator of the debate asked which candidates would support “ICE agents without any increased oversight.” Kirkpatrick was immediately booed by the crowd after she was the only one to raise her hand, according to a heavily edited video of the event. Recommended Slideshows 76 50 Highest Paying Jobs in the United States 80 In Pictures: Top 50 U.S. Cities Ranked by Quality of Life And Average Salary 76 75 Best-Selling Albums in U.S. History More boos, along with a few claps, came when Kirkpatrick raised her hand in support of condemning past comments made by Arizona congresswoman … [Read more...] about Video: Arizona Democratic Congressional Candidate Booed for Supporting ICE
Ronald J. Hansen Arizona Republic Published 1:00 p.m. UTC Jul 21, 2018 Arizona is expected to help determine control of the U.S. Senate in this year's congressional midterm elections, but the state will likely play a smaller role in deciding who controls the U.S. House of Representatives. Two of Arizona's nine House seats will change because there's no incumbent running for them, but, with political analysts predicting a strong year for Democrats, only one is expected to change parties. Moving from a 5-4 Republican majority to a 5-4 Democratic one may seem like small change at a time when both the House and Senate seem up for grabs and the public seems politically supercharged. But truly competitive races are hard to find across the country, numbering roughly 50 out of 435 House seats. RELATED: Arizona Democrats have big money edge over GOP Democrats need to win a net 24 seats currently held by Republicans to take over the House and two Senate races to claim … [Read more...] about What you need to know about midterm elections: 1-seat swing in Arizona could change Congress