Have you ever wondered why some butterflies have iridescent blue-black wings and a taste that’s repulsive to birds and other predators? Ron Rutowski, a Tempe resident and biology professor at Arizona State University since 1976, has too — actually, he’s spent years and traveled extensively throughout North and Central America and Australia, studying the ways color is produced, employed and perceived in the animal kingdom, particularly on ways insects use color as a visual signal and how it’s interpreted by their compound eyes.
Editor’s note: In the July 13 Ahwatukee Foothills News, resident Jim Jochim challenged fellow Ahwatukee residents to think outside the box to help save The Lakes Golf Course by coming up with “Green Light Ideas” on the Opinion page. Here’s what they had to say:
I flipped on CNN and Anderson Cooper was interviewing the CEO of Starbucks. He said, “You were hired in 2008 because your company had begun to spiral downward. What did you do to turn things around?” Howard Schultz replied, “I implemented a transformation agenda.”
Pam Brooks said when she told her husband six years ago he could get rid of their backyard pool and install a koi pond, she never imagined he’d end up transforming the entire pool into a pond, or that the transformation would actually reduce their water usage.
Miranda Lambert is a household name in country music, and after increasing fan demand, she will be returning to Country Thunder this year. The Explorer chatted with her to preview her headline performance on Saturday, April 12 at 9 p.m.
When she was 14 Ahwatukee Foothills resident Stephanie Austin entered a pageant as the next step to all the drama, dancing and commercials she was doing as a teen. Today, as a mother of two, she has entered the Mrs. Arizona pageant to make connections, hear stories, and celebrate the person she has become.
Adopting a pet is a great thing to do! Giving a dog or cat (puppy or kitten) a second chance can be a wonderfully rewarding experience. Unfortunately sometimes it can be quite frustrating when things don’t go as expected. Here are five things to consider before adopting a pet:
Recently, a 16-year-old Texan, named Ethan Couch, was sentenced to just 10 months probation and a year-long treatment program for driving drunk, killing four people and injuring nine. His parents are paying $450,000 a year for the addiction center, which sounds more like a resort.
Eight years ago, my daughter Jasmine asked if she could audition for the Ahwatukee Foothills “Nutcracker” performance. She was new to the world of ballet and dance, but I relented, and she was thrilled to get parts as a Baby Mouse and a Mini Bon Bon. And the next thing I knew, her Saturday soccer games now had conflicts with “The Nutcracker” practice — called “rehearsals,” I was quickly corrected. I kept hearing about how much fun Jasmine was having at these rehearsals, how many new friends she was making, and how she couldn’t wait for “Opening Night.” I didn’t pay too much attention. I just paid for the costumes, bought tickets for a performance, and occasionally picked her up after a rehearsal and raced her to her soccer game.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, Desert Botanical Garden is celebrating 75 years of existence with a free admission day, including complimentary admittance to its popular Mariposa Monarca Monarch Butterfly Exhibit.