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Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Tucson, AZ offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.


Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.


Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.


Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.


Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.


We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.


Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.


If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level


We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are refurbished grade or better
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.


High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.


When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.


Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.


Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Tucson, AZ, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.


We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Tucson, AZ, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.


You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.


Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.




Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Tucson, AZ. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.



Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.



Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.



When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.


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Threat of blackouts in Tucson rises amid extreme heat, tight market

Tucson Electric Power Co. says it’s got plenty of power to meet expected higher demand peaks and keep air conditioners humming this summer.But planning to avoid blackouts is getting trickier amid a shift from coal-fired power plants to solar and wind resources, more extreme summer temperatures and a tight market for power in the West, TEP and other utilities told state regulators last week.And by 2025, utilities across the Southwest won’t be able to meet growing power demand if all their planned renewable-energy pro...

Tucson Electric Power Co. says it’s got plenty of power to meet expected higher demand peaks and keep air conditioners humming this summer.

But planning to avoid blackouts is getting trickier amid a shift from coal-fired power plants to solar and wind resources, more extreme summer temperatures and a tight market for power in the West, TEP and other utilities told state regulators last week.

And by 2025, utilities across the Southwest won’t be able to meet growing power demand if all their planned renewable-energy projects are not completed on schedule, according to a new study sponsored by TEP and other Southwest utilities.

In an annual summer preparedness workshop last week at the Arizona Corporation Commission, officials of TEP and sister rural utility UniSource Energy Services said they have sufficient generating capacity to meet summer demand peaks expected to rise above 2021 levels.

“Our energy supplies are adequate and we feel as well-prepared as we can be for the high temperatures and high energy demands of summer,” TEP spokesman Joe Barrios said. “However, we’ll keep a close eye on the weather and our regional energy market, and we have contingency plans in case any emergencies arrive.”

Arizona Public Service Co., the state’s biggest power company, the self-governed Salt River Project and Arizona Electric Power Cooperative, which supplies the state’s rural electric co-ops, also told regulators they’ve lined up enough power to meet expected summer demand.

Summertime reliability has become a major concern since August 2020, when power shortages during a historic heat wave across the West prompted California’s transmission system operator to impose rolling blackouts to avoid a collapse of the whole system.

Arizona managed to avoid blackouts, partly through measures including demand-response programs and customer conservation efforts, but the state’s ratepayers bore the cost of spiking regional power prices during the crisis.

Regionwide, resource planning has become more difficult amid extreme summer temperatures and drought, constraints on power imports from California, and supply-chain and other factors affecting solar and storage projects, Lee Alter, resource planning director for TEP and UES, told regulators.

TEP and UES together are forecasting a 2.4% increase in summer peak demand, to 3,038 megawatts.

The utilities are going into the summer with a combined reserve margin — generating capacity beyond the forecast demand — of 16%, based on demand reflecting average summer temperatures, Alter said.

Reserve margins give utilities a cushion against higher than expected demand caused by extreme weather and disruptions to supplies like an unscheduled power-plant shutdown or wildfire damage to transmission lines.

The Western Electricity Coordinating Council said that for 2021, an annual reserve margin of 16% was needed to maintain adequate resources in the Desert Southwest region including Arizona.

Arizona Public Service Co. is forecasting a nearly 4% increase in peak demand, to 7,881 MW, and has planned a reserve margin of about 15%.

Alter said that amid the West’s tight power market, it’s harder to find enough supplemental energy resources, like firm contracts for future power deliveries, to expand reserve margins.

“In the past, there was enough capacity in the region that if you wanted more, you’d go get more, but the market has really tightened up,” Alter told the Corporation Commission.

Alter also cited growing concerns that prolonged drought in the Colorado River Basin may halt hydroelectric production from the Glen Canyon Dam or Hoover Dam, while California’s grid operator has continued a policy adopted last year to limit power exports during emergency conditions.

Barrios said TEP and UES don’t rely on hydro power from the Colorado River dams, but a loss of those resources would mean less available power capacity in the region and drive up scarcity and prices.

On the plus side, TEP last week began participating in the Western Energy Imbalance Market, a real-time wholesale power market of about 20 utilities managed by the California Independent System Operator.

While not adding generating capacity, Alter said the market will help TEP balance intermittent resources like solar and wind, prevent grid instability and improve system reliability.

TEP and other Southwest utilities are facing major challenges in meeting peak power demand as they transition away from coal-fired generation in the next few years, Alter said, citing a recent a study by Environmental + Energy Economics (E3).

“Load growth and resource retirements are creating a significant and urgent need for new resources in the Southwest region,” E3 said a report commissioned by TEP, Arizona Public Service Co., the Salt River Project, Arizona Electric Power Cooperative, El Paso Electric Co. and Public Service Co. of New Mexico.

“Maintaining regional reliability will hinge on whether utilities can add new resources quickly enough to meet this growing need and will require a pace of development largely unprecedented for the region,” the study concluded.

Regionwide by 2025, the utilities face a shortfall of nearly 4 gigawatts of generating capacity with existing resources and plants now under development. A gigawatt, or 1,000 megawatts, of installed solar generating capacity is enough to power about 200,000 to 250,000 homes in TEP territory.

The Southwest utilities have prepared for the higher demand, with commitments for about 5 gigawatts of new generation and plans to add another 14.4 gigawatts by 2025, the report said.

But there’s a real risk that any delays to the utilities’ buildout plans could lead to power shortages in the future, potentially elevating system reliability risks for a decade or more, the E3 report said.

“While this risk might seem remote in normal times, supply chain disruptions, materials shortages and a tight labor market are already impacting project timelines across the country,” the study said.

In 2021, TEP added 449 megawatts of new wind and solar resources, allowing the company to provide about 30% of its power from renewable resources.

TEP has one solar project under construction, the 15 MW Raptor Ridge photovoltaic solar project near East Valencia Road and Interstate 10, which is expected to go online later this year to supply power through a customer solar-subscription program, GoSolar Home.

In early April, TEP announced an all-sources request for proposals for up to 250MW of renewable and energy-efficiency resources, including solar and wind and demand-response programs that reduce usage during periods of high demand. TEP also is seeking up to 300MW of “firm capacity” resources, including energy storage systems providing at least four hours of power daily during the summer, or demand-response programs.

UES issued a call for bids for up to 170MW of renewable and energy efficiency resources and up to 150MW of firm-capacity resources.

TEP and UES want the new resources to go into service preferably by May 2024, but no later than May 2025.

TEP needs to move fast amid looming coal-plant retirements, including the planned June shutdown of the 170MW Unit 1 generator at the San Juan Generating Station in northwest New Mexico.

Barrios said maintaining adequate generating capacity is always a concern, but TEP is faring better than some of its regional neighbors.

He cited Public Service Co. of New Mexico, which told regulators it didn’t have any capacity reserve margin for July or August.

Public Service Co. of New Mexico in February decided to keep the other remaining coal-fired generating unit at San Juan running until September, three months past its planned retirement date, to boost its summer reserve margin.

TEP has no current plans to delay any coal-plant retirements, Barrios said.

TEP also is working on demand-response programs, in which customers allow the utility to cut their power usage during peak periods to avoid shortages, Barrios said.

The utility currently can now work with commercial and industrial customers to quickly reduce demand by up to 40MW, Barrios said, and has a new pilot program to allow some apartment dwellers to earn a $10 quarterly bill credit to shift their water-heater usage away from peak periods.

The utility is also working with Tucson Water on a new “Beat the Peak” campaign to urge customers to reduce energy usage during peak periods, typically from 3 to 7 p.m. in the summer, Barrios said.

The campaign will include messaging on social media and video, inviting customers to explore pricing plans and energy-efficiency options to help reduce usage during peak hours, he said.

$39.6 million Arroyo Verde being developed near Tucson

Scottsdale, Arizona-based multifamily investor, developer and manager MC Companies has announced it will develop Arroyo Verde, a $39.6 million, 156-unit Class A multifamily development in the suburbs immediately north of Tucson, Arizona, where renter demand continues to outstrip supply. The community will be the first for a new joint venture between MC Companies and a global institutional investor, established to bolster the...

Scottsdale, Arizona-based multifamily investor, developer and manager MC Companies has announced it will develop Arroyo Verde, a $39.6 million, 156-unit Class A multifamily development in the suburbs immediately north of Tucson, Arizona, where renter demand continues to outstrip supply. The community will be the first for a new joint venture between MC Companies and a global institutional investor, established to bolster the development growth of both companies across Arizona.

Located on more than 9 acres at the northeast corner of La Cholla Blvd. and Old Magee Rd., Arroyo Verde will offer seven luxury floorplans ranging from 764 square feet to 1,408 square feet, with studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom configurations.

“We have seen Arizona’s need for multifamily housing up close and personal, and are extremely excited for this opportunity to deliver a new round of high-quality, in-demand product within our home state,” said MC Companies Co-Founder and Principal Ross McCallister. “We are honored to do this alongside a global partner known for its multifamily acumen, and appreciate our friends at CapMatrix for making the introduction.”

“Our goal as a strategic capital markets advisory firm is to facilitate introductions and help structure long-term partnerships between best-in-class capital providers and experienced and innovative developers,” said CapMatrix Principal Roman Nelson. “In this case, we know we have accomplished that objective.”

Founded in 2001 by industry experts Ken McElroy and Ross McCallister, MC Companies develops, acquires, renovates and manages multifamily property in select U.S. growth markets, with a goal of “Sharing the Good Life” by maximizing asset value through strategic investment and a premier renter experience. The company boasts a rapidly expanding portfolio, currently totaling approximately 7,000 units that are more than 96 percent leased in markets including Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff and Tulsa.

At Arroyo Verde, MC Companies will integrate a resort-style pool with cabanas and barbeque stations, a resident gathering room, resident clubhouse, and high-end fitness center. Individual units will feature granite countertops, black appliance packages, modern flooring, fiber optic cable and internet service and contemporary open designs with high ceilings and walk-in closets.

Construction on Arroyo Verde began this month and is expected to complete by fourth quarter 2023. The project general contractor is Clark Wayland. The project architect is Dean Alan Architects.

Leasing and management at Arroyo Verde is being handled by MC Residential Communities LLC, an MC Companies affiliate that manages investments exclusively for MC Companies with over 200 property management professionals and a complete range of services including full operations management, marketing, accounting and due diligence.

MC Residential will begin leasing at Arroyo Verde during the second quarter of 2022.

Write a book: Self-publishing boom evident in Tucson

Has your neighbor been acting suspiciously of late? Does the dim light of a laptop glow late into the night? Is the UPS truck now making regular stops in front of his house? Does he appear lost in thought when you wave your morning greeting across the street?Your neighbor could be planning a bank job, but it is far more likely he’s writing about one.The number of self-published books in the U.S. has exploded in the last five years, and Tucson is no exception.“It’s hard to put a number on it, but it&rsqu...

Has your neighbor been acting suspiciously of late? Does the dim light of a laptop glow late into the night? Is the UPS truck now making regular stops in front of his house? Does he appear lost in thought when you wave your morning greeting across the street?

Your neighbor could be planning a bank job, but it is far more likely he’s writing about one.

The number of self-published books in the U.S. has exploded in the last five years, and Tucson is no exception.

“It’s hard to put a number on it, but it’s safe to say there are more people writing books — and thinking about writing a book — than ever before,” said Sam Henrie, founder of Wheatmark Publishing. “A huge number of people are writing now.”

He should know.

Wheatmark was Arizona’s first provider of services dedicated to self-publishing authors. Established in 2000, it still is one of the largest in the Western United States. The firm recently distributed 600 royalty checks to Wheatmark-published authors.

All production costs were paid by the authors, making them “self-” or “independently” published books.

“We’re something of a one-stop shop for people who want to publish a book but need help getting it done,” Henrie said.

The process begins with an assessment of each project. How does the author envision the end result? Would the manuscript benefit from additional editing? Do you need someone to design the cover and illustrate the text? How do you see your book being distributed?

Clients can select services a la carte or request them all from Wheatmark.

Henrie got the book bug when he was young, from his parents. His mother wrote a successful self-help book that was published by Penguin. His dad wrote novels but struggled to get them published.

Sam began his own career in technology, specializing in computer networking. While stationed in Amsterdam in the mid-1990s, he learned about “print-on-demand” and online bookstores.

“I realized my dad could now publish his own book without needing a second mortgage,” Henrie said, and his vision soon became Wheatmark.

Tucson has long been a hotbed of literature. Barbara Kingsolver and J.A. Jance grew up in the area. Larry McMurtry and Father Andrew Greeley wintered here. In 1990, there were more than 50 independent bookstores in a city of 400,000 people.

Henrie suspects a number of Tucson’s readers were closet writers, too.

“In those days,” he recalled, “you sent your manuscript to 40 different publishers and agents and hoped one of them would like it. Who knows how many people were writing books that we never heard about.”

If anything, the odds of a newcomer being published by a Big 5 publisher now are longer than ever, Henrie said.

“Unless you know someone, your odds are pretty much zero, but almost anyone can publish their own book,” he said.

Wheatmark alone has 60 books in process, and Henrie suspects there are hundreds — perhaps thousands — of partially developed books living in laptops across Pima County.

These projects range from autobiographies written for the author’s grandchildren to serious works of literary fiction.

Every now and then, a self-published author hits the jackpot. Lisa Genova self-published “Still Alice” in 2007. It later became a bestseller published in 20 languages and an Academy Award-winning movie for actress Julianne Moore.

Far more common are the books that wind up in boxes stacked in the author’s garage. According to, the average self-published book sells about 200 copies.

“I don’t think anyone writes a book thinking it will become a bestseller,” Henrie said. “Nobody goes into this thinking it will make them rich. People self-publish books for the same reason they use Twitter or tell stories. If you think you have something to say, you want to say it.”

Henrie said Wheatmark’s clients tend to be older, well-educated, middle class and up.

Tucson’s popularity among retirees, and its longtime appeal to academics, make it fertile ground for prospective authors.

If you would like to become one of them, it’s easy to begin the journey. Just turn out the lights, open your laptop, and keep an eye out for UPS deliveries to your front door.

Good news from The Book Stop, Tucson’s oldest bookstore: There is no news. The venerable shop on North Fourth Avenue is still open five days a week despite the passing of co-owner Tina Bailey last June.

“We’re just taking things one week at a time, and we’ll see what happens,” said Bailey’s business partner, Claire Fellows. Bailey and Fellows purchased the store in 1992. Fellows now shares the keys with Bailey’s sister, Anne Lane. The Book Stop is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.

The Martha Cooper Branch Library in Midtown will close for at least a year beginning June 27. A major renovation and construction project will double the library’s size and create a large indoor-outdoor meeting and event space. Located on Catalina Avenue near Catalina High School, the library hopes to reopen in the summer of 2023.

The Pima County Public Library has expanded hours at a number of its branch locations. Several are now open Saturday. To check the branch nearest you, visit the library website:

About 1 million new titles were published in the United States last year. Half of them were independently published.

Book sales are surging throughout the United States, but studies show it is because readers are reading more. Twenty-seven percent of U.S. adults did not read a single book last year. Fourteen percent do not know how to read at all.

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PFF stats show what QB Jayden de Laura, WR Jacob Cowing will bring to Arizona

The biggest advantage of signing players through the NCAA transfer portal is that they’re known commodities, relatively speaking. Unlike high school or junior-college players, most have taken reps against other Division I players, whether in games, practices or both.There’s also, in many cases, data.Pro Football Focus grades every player on every team. If a school is interested in a transfer who has taken a substantial number of snaps, it has access t...

The biggest advantage of signing players through the NCAA transfer portal is that they’re known commodities, relatively speaking. Unlike high school or junior-college players, most have taken reps against other Division I players, whether in games, practices or both.

There’s also, in many cases, data.

Pro Football Focus grades every player on every team. If a school is interested in a transfer who has taken a substantial number of snaps, it has access to numbers that don’t appear in a common box score. Those statistics can help programs make better-informed decisions about potential personnel additions.

Arizona brought in eight transfers from FBS programs in 2022 recruiting cycle. Seven are eligible to play this season. All are expected to have roles.

In a special spring edition of “Cats Stats,” we picked through the 2021 PFF profiles of the Wildcats’ two highest-profile pickups, quarterback Jayden de Laura and receiver Jacob Cowing, to find out if their numbers matched their reputations. We quickly discovered why the UA coaching staff was so interested in bringing them aboard.

Here’s what we found out about de Laura and Cowing, plus some nuggets on a handful of other impact transfers:

De Laura, who began his career at Washington State, ranked seventh among qualifying quarterbacks in the Pac-12 with an overall grade of 77.2. He was one spot below former USC quarterback Kedon Slovis and one above ex-Oregon QB Anthony Brown.

To put that 77.2 figure in some perspective, the overall grades for Arizona’s quarterbacks last year were as follows: Will Plummer 64.2, Jordan McCloud 57.5, Gunner Cruz 44.2

Where did de Laura stand out the most? He led the Pac-12 in what PFF calls “big-time throws,” which it defines as “a pass with excellent ball location and timing, generally thrown further down the field and/or into a tighter window.” De Laura had 25 big-time throws. Brown was second with 22.

De Laura frequently displayed an ability to make big plays during spring practice. He also threw more interceptions than he would have liked. Not coincidentally, he had the most turnover-worthy plays (16) of any Pac-12 passer in 2021.

De Laura is an aggressive quarterback, as his average depth of target (ADOT) also illustrates. De Laura had the third-highest ADOT in the conference at 10.0 yards. Plummer averaged 9.1 yards, McCloud 6.2, Cruz 5.2.

On passes thrown 20 or more yards, De Laura completed 26 of 63 attempts for 890 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions. No Pac-12 QB had more completions, attempts or yards on passes of 20-plus yards. Arizona’s quarterbacks were just 10 of 45 for 379 yards with one TD and six picks.

It’s somewhat unfair to compare de Laura to last year’s trio of UA quarterbacks because their circumstances were so different. A handful of PFF stats help illuminate that point.

De Laura was pressured on 86 of 392 dropbacks, or 21.9%. All three of Arizona’s quarterbacks were pressured at least 34.5% of the time. Their collective rate was 35.8%.

De Laura did a better job than two of the three at avoiding sacks. PFF charts percentage of pressures that turn into sacks. De Laura’s rate was 16.3%. McCloud bested him at 12.9%. Plummer’s figure was 18.9%, Cruz’s 20.9%.

How did de Laura fare when under pressure? He did all right. His 33.9% completion rate ranked just 10th in the Pac-12, but he had a 5-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio and the fewest picks of any qualifier. Plummer completed 36.8% of his passes when under pressure but had a 1-4 TD-INT ratio.

De Laura was kept clean at a higher rate (78.1%) than any qualifying Pac-12 passer. He threw the most touchdowns (18) when kept clean — but also tied for the most interceptions (eight).

Arizona’s offensive line still has question marks, so it’s reasonable to assume de Laura will face more pressure here than at Washington State. He also will utilize play-action to a much greater extent in Jedd Fisch’s pro-style system.

De Laura had the lowest play-action rate (11.0%) of any Pac-12 qualifier last year. Plummer had the third highest (31.5%). De Laura made the most of those limited opportunities, posting a 6-2 TD-INT ratio when using play-action.

Several stats suggest de Laura and Cowing will work well together.

Cowing primarily lined up in the slot at UTEP (289 slot snaps on passing plays, 92 wide snaps). He had the fifth-highest grade out of the slot in the nation (91.2) among qualifying receivers. That will continue to be his primary role for the Wildcats.

De Laura’s top two receivers last season, Travell Harris and Calvin Jackson Jr., did most of their damage out of the slot. They caught 71 and 62 passes, respectively, as slot receivers — the top two totals in the Pac-12. Arizona’s Stanley Berryhill III was third with 57.

Cowing was brought in to be Berryhill’s successor, but Cowing had a different role at UTEP. He was much more of a big-play weapon.

Cowing’s ADOT with the Miners was 15.2 yards; Berryhill’s was 6.8 yards.

Cowing ranked second in the nation behind only Ohio State’s Jaxon Smith-Njigba in yards per route run – a measure of productivity and efficiency. Cowing averaged 3.82 yards per route – almost double Arizona’s highest figure (Dorian Singer, 2.02).

Cowing made big plays in different ways for UTEP. He averaged 7.0 yards after catch per reception, which would have ranked second on the 2021 Wildcats behind Singer (7.8). The next-best figure was 5.8 (Berryhill).

Cowing also averaged 46.1 yards per catch on passes thrown 20-plus yards. That figure ranked 15th in the country among qualifiers.

Cowing didn’t fare as well as Berryhill on contested catches, corralling them at a 37% clip (10 of 27). Berryhill had a 60% contested-catch rate (9 of 15). Cowing was 5 of 10 on contested passes thrown 20-plus yards.

Defensive Tiaoalii Savea, who came to Arizona from UCLA, ranked fifth among Pac-12 interior defensive linemen with a stop rate of 11.8% on running plays. Savea played 36 snaps against the run for the Bruins. PFF defines defensive stops as “tackles that constitute a ‘failure’ for the offense.”

Savea’s teammate then and now, defensive back DJ Warnell, was targeted three times last season. One pass was completed. Warnell broke up the other two.

Defensive end Hunter Echols, who transferred from USC, had the fifth-lowest missed tackle rate (4.8%) in the Pac-12 among qualifying edge players. Echols still has work to do as a pass rusher; his pass-rush win rate of 7.4% ranked 34th among conference edge players.

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2022: When To See Fireballs Over Tucson

Your best bet for seeing shooting stars and dust trails in the Tucson area is early in the morning on Earth Day, this Friday. TUCSON, AZ — If you're looking for a chill way to celebrate Earth Day on Friday, why not look to the heavens and check out the Lyrid meteor shower? The best time to be on the lookout for fireballs in Tucson is early in the morning. Shooting stars might also be v...

Your best bet for seeing shooting stars and dust trails in the Tucson area is early in the morning on Earth Day, this Friday.

TUCSON, AZ — If you're looking for a chill way to celebrate Earth Day on Friday, why not look to the heavens and check out the Lyrid meteor shower? The best time to be on the lookout for fireballs in Tucson is early in the morning. Shooting stars might also be visible in the evenings, now through Friday, as well.

In typical Arizona fashion, skies are expected to be clear now through Friday, with overnight lows in the upper 50s, according to the National Weather Service.

Lyrid is the first of the spring meteor showers and it tends to produce 15 or 20 shooting stars per hour, but in the past it has also put on quite a show with fireballs that streak across the nighttime sky, leaving seconds-long glowing dust trails in their wake, according to NASA.

The moon will be a problem, with more than 60 percent of it still illuminated via the recent full pink moon, and that may wash out fainter meteors. But because the Lyrids are known to be exceptionally bright, patient skywatchers should be rewarded.

In some years, the Lyrids dance across the sky at a rate of about 100 an hour in what's called an "outburst," but NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told he expects about 18 shooting stars an hour this year.

Outbursts are difficult to predict, he said. They occur about every 30 years, but that's only an average, Cooke said. "People say there is some periodicity there," he told, explaining "the data doesn't support that" because actual numbers between outburst events vary.

The Lyrid meteor showers are produced by dust particles left behind by the comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher — a "long period comet" whose orbit around the sun takes 415.5 years, according to NASA. The Lyrid meteor shower has been observed for some 2,700 years and is one of the oldest-known meteor showers.

To see the Lyrids, head out to a dark sky location after dark. Be sure to pack along a sleeping bag and blanket (and perhaps a reclining lawn chair) and lie flat on your back with your feet facing east, NASA said. Patience pays. Give your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness, and prepare to stick around until dawn.

As with all meteor showers, unless it's already dark where you live, it's best to get out in the country away from city lights to get the best views. If you're a Tucsonan willing to take a bit of a drive, think about a trip to Oracle State Park (about an hour northwest of Tucson,) Kartchner Caverns State Park (about 50 minutes southwest of Tucson) or Tumacácori National Historical Park (about 45 minutes south of Tucson.) All of the aforementioned parks are designated as part of the International Dark Sky Places Program.

The next chance to see meteors will be in early May with the monthlong Eta Aquarids meteor shower, which started Tuesday and runs through May 28 and peaks May 4-5. The meteor shower favors the Southern Hemisphere, where it produces about 60 meteors an hour, but it's a decent show in the Northern Hemisphere, too, and viewers in this part of the world can expect to see about half that many. Comet Haley is the parent of this meteor shower, which has been observed since ancient times.

The Eta Aquariid meteors are swift and produce a high percentage of persistent dust trails, but few fireballs, according to NASA.


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