Aprille Slutsky

Arizona has its share of exciting weather. The busiest season for Arizonians is usually summer, when the monsoon hits. Monsoonal days are characterized by extreme heat and intense moisture, creating high humidity; the perfect recipe for thunderstorms that produce the kind of heavy rain, high winds and lightning that can cause flash flooding and dust storms, and spark wildfires.


PHOENIX -- Large smiles, open arms and laughs were prevalent at the beginning of the fourth annual Arizona Volunteer Organization Summit held in early May, as volunteers from more than 40 organizations around the state came together.


PHOENIX - Standing at the front of a crowded room, Councilmember Ricardo Leonard of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community softly shook the gourd in his hand and began to sing an uplifting spiritual song.



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