Try a Different Burger Every Day in August at Gilbert’s Liberty Market

Black and Blue Burger (August 6) | Courtesy of Liberty Market

Black and Blue Burger (August 6) | Courtesy of Liberty Market

Burgers might be the world’s greatest food. That’s not the official opinion of Arizona Highways, just of the person typing this blog post right now. If you share that opinion, and if you’ll be in the Valley of the Sun in August, you’ll want to head down to Gilbert and check out Liberty Market.

Starting Friday, the restaurant will feature a different burger every day of the month as part of its fifth annual Burger Daze celebration. As Mouth by Southwest reports, the offerings include the Billionaire Burger, topped with filet mignon, lobster tail and caviar; the Elvis Burger, with peanut butter and bacon; and the Elk Burger, with an elk patty and wild mushrooms. (There are some vegetarian burger offerings, too.)

If you’re up for a real challenge, anyone who eats 10 different burgers in the series will receive a $25 gift card. If you eat all 31 offerings, you’ll get a $100 gift card. Most of the burgers come with potato chips, and most range from $12 to $15, although the Billionaire Burger will set you back $25.

Click here for the full list of Burger Daze burgers. Liberty Market is located at 230 N. Gilbert Road in Gilbert. For more information, call 480-892-1900 or visit www.libertymarket.com.

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Arizona Game and Fish Building Wins National Award

From our friends at the Arizona Game and Fish Department:

Courtesy of Arizona Game and Fish Department

Courtesy of Arizona Game and Fish Department

The Arizona Game and Fish headquarters office has won The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Award of 2013-2014 at the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International Annual Conference on June 24 in Orlando, Florida.

The commercial real estate industry honored 14 properties. The Arizona Game and Fish building, winner in the Government category, was recognized for excellence in the areas of “green” technologies, cost-effective building management and operations, sustainability, access for disabled people, and overall excellence.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) headquarters was built in 2007 and is located at 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, Ariz.  The facility became one of the first Arizona State government buildings to receive a Platinum-certified designation, the highest ranking awarded by U.S. Green Building Council program for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

“Environmentally-friendly features added about 15 percent to the total cost,” said Arizona Game and Fish Department Development Branch Chief Mark Weise. “Initial construction costs were higher, but day-to-day operations and maintenance expenses are lower because they are usually handled in-house by department personnel.”

An Energy Star rooftop solar system generates 23 percent of the building’s annual energy needs. An agreement with Alpha Technology Inc. keeps solar power rates the same for 20 years. An efficient air-cooled chiller will pay for itself in less than five years. Natural light portals bring in winter daylight and temper summer heat. Many regionally harvested materials were used. Xeriscaping, native plants and drip irrigation hold down water and landscaping costs.

 Have you visited this building? If not, you ought to plan a trip.

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National Parks Brought $774 Million to Arizona in 2013

Walnut Canyon National Monument | Courtesy of National Park Service

Walnut Canyon National Monument | Courtesy of National Park Service

A report released this month by the National Park Service shows that visitors to Arizona’s national parks in 2013 spent $773.9 million and supported nearly 12,000 jobs in the state.

More than 10 million people visited national parks in Arizona last year, the report says. Nationwide, nearly 275 million people visited national parks in 2013, and those visits created a benefit of $26.5 billion to the U.S. economy.

The peer-reviewed study also confirms a common statement about America’s national parks: For every $1 invested in parks, $10 in economic benefit is created.

Arizona’s 2013 numbers were up from 2012, when just under 10 million people visited national parks in the state. Those visitors created $745.6 million in economic benefit. That’s despite the 16-day government shutdown that closed national parks in October 2013. Park visitation and economic impact were down slightly nationwide as a result of the shutdown, the study says.

To view and download the full report, visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm.

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Friday Fotos: Escape Plan

Aaron Newman | Lava River Cave

Aaron Newman | Lava River Cave

As always, we enjoyed your takes on this week’s Friday Fotos theme, “great escapes.” Where will you escape to this weekend?

See you next week!

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Throwback Thursday: Arizona Highways, July 1965

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From the issue: “Fishing a quiet stretch of trout water along Cibecue Creek, midway between Cibecue Indian village and White Spring Ranger Station on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.” Photograph by Robert B. Whitaker.

 

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Salt River Canyon Rest Stop to Reopen This Fall

Rex Lavoie | Salt River Canyon

Rex Lavoie | Salt River Canyon

After being closed for several years, the Salt River Canyon rest stop along U.S. Route 60 will reopen this fall, our bosses at the Arizona Department of Transportation announced last week.

The rest area has been closed because of a lack of funding for improvements, but several rest areas around Arizona have been improved through an ADOT program that began in 2011.

Crews will improve the area’s restrooms, repave the parking lot and add new signs, among other renovations. The rest area will be maintained by a private company that has partnered with ADOT.

(The photo above is not the rest stop. It’s not in that bad of shape.)

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