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Southwest Mobile Storage – Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Tucson, AZ

Southwest Mobile Storage was established in 1995, serving more than 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers rent, buy or modify containers for their moving, storage and custom needs. We offer a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers for rent in Tucson, AZ. You deserve vault-like security, superior service, unrivaled expertise with the best quality and service you can find when renting, buying or modifying shipping containers.

Whether you need mobile storage, portable office space, a combo unit or a custom container for a specific purpose, we’ve got your back. Here’s how:

NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

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.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

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.

CUSTOM STORAGE

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.

LOCAL MOVE

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.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

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.

MOVING & STORAGE

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.

OFFICE USE

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.

BUSINESS USE

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

CUSTOM USE

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 at our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
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.
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.

ALL OF OUR INTERMODAL CONTAINERS ARE:

Wind and water-tight so you don’t have to stress about rain or condensation ruining the contents inside.
Delivered to your desired location by a dependable roll- off truck
Grinded, prepped and painted before rental by our container fabrication experts.
Fully customizable to fit your unique needs.
Equipped with a dual high-security dual- locking systems.
Delivered by our skilled, experienced drivers for worry-free delivery.

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.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Tucson, AZ, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

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.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Tucson, AZ

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.Storage has got your back.

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.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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.
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.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Tucson, AZ

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, 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.

HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

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.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Tucson, AZ

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.

HERE’S HOW WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK:

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.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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TDETERMINE DESTINATION

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.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

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.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

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.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

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.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MOBILE CONTAINERS TO Rent, Buy OR Modify IN Tucson, AZ?

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Latest News in Tucson

AZ Department of Gaming releases final rules for sports betting

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) -Sports betting is inching ever closer to starting in Arizona. On Monday, July 26, the Arizona Department of Gaming announced the final rules for event wagering and fantasy sportsThe Arizona Department of Gaming said they are likely still on for a launch of fantasy sports betting on Aug. 28, and, just in time for the NFL opener, event wagering set to start on Sept. 9.“It just brings something that Arizonans have been looking forward to,” said Ted Vogt, director of the Arizona Department ...

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) -Sports betting is inching ever closer to starting in Arizona. On Monday, July 26, the Arizona Department of Gaming announced the final rules for event wagering and fantasy sports

The Arizona Department of Gaming said they are likely still on for a launch of fantasy sports betting on Aug. 28, and, just in time for the NFL opener, event wagering set to start on Sept. 9.

“It just brings something that Arizonans have been looking forward to,” said Ted Vogt, director of the Arizona Department of Gaming. “It’s great in the sense that it’s going to be mobile.”

People will be allowed to place bets through mobile apps. The state said developers and operators must have geofencing though, so gamblers outside the state can’t partake. It’s the same technology used for the scooters around the University of Arizona.

However, the mobile aspect has Rick Benson, founder and director of Algamus Recovery Center, concerned. As a former problematic gambler, he said it used to be difficult to go to the casino in Nevada, but now, gambling can be right in your pocket.

“What we know from prevalent studies across the United States, is the more forms of gambling we offer to the public, the higher the addiction percentage will become and the higher the problematic percentage will become,” said Benson.

The laws and new rules require wagering contest providers to provide a self-exclusion option and help for those who may have problematic gambling tendencies. Still, the Department said it will bring revenues into the state.

“It is an industry. It’s going to bring more revenue to the state that can go to things such as education, our state parks, etc,” said Vogt. “So, it’s really a boom for the tax payers here in Arizona.”

The rules submitted to the Secretary of State’s office allow for 20 event wagering licenses split between Tribes and professional sports teams, plus ten more limited use licenses. All applications are now open for these, but it can cost am operator about a million dollars to get started. The deadline for operators to apply for these licenses is August 9.

If there are too many qualified applicants, the state will have 8 days to make a decision after looking at things like overall vision, good standing and financial stability. The final rules also state a person can’t have more than one profile and advertising has to be aimed to the 21-plus crowd.

“We’ve actually had a number of years to watch other states go first and learn from them,” said Vogt.

If all goes to plan, Arizonans can start betting next month. To see the full list of rules and a timeline, click here.

Copyright 2021 KOLD News 13. All rights reserved.

\"Back East\" This Week On Kingfisher\'s Summer Road Trip

Kingfisher arrives Back East on the 4th stop of their 27th Annual Summer Road Trip Culinary Journey across the US. Press release from Kingfisher:July 28, 2021Tucson, AZ –This week, Kingfisher arrives Back East on the 4th stop of their 27th Annual Summer Road Trip Culinary Journey across the US. Executive Chef Fred Harris has created a fabulous menu. Soft shelled Crab, Lobster and Scrod perfectly capture the tastes and aromas of summer on the East coast. Pastry Chef Marianne Banes\' Apple Dried- C...

Kingfisher arrives Back East on the 4th stop of their 27th Annual Summer Road Trip Culinary Journey across the US.

Press release from Kingfisher:

July 28, 2021

Tucson, AZ –This week, Kingfisher arrives Back East on the 4th stop of their 27th Annual Summer Road Trip Culinary Journey across the US. Executive Chef Fred Harris has created a fabulous menu. Soft shelled Crab, Lobster and Scrod perfectly capture the tastes and aromas of summer on the East coast. Pastry Chef Marianne Banes\' Apple Dried- Cranberry Slab Pie is Americana at its most delicious. And the Scarlett Noir cocktail is the perfect pairing to any selection. The Back East menu will be offered through August 7th. After that, just two more stops remain - California/Hawaii (Aug 10-21) and Down South (Aug 24-Sept 4).

The Road Trip menu is offered along with the regular menu for both lunch and dinner~

Back East Tour Dinner Menu ~ July 27th through August 7th

APPETIZERS

PAN FRIED SOFT- SHELL CRAB SALAD over Boston Bibb lettuce, red onion, heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, lemon-basil vinaigrette and green tartar sauce $18

SMOKED SALMON SCOTCH EGGS cranberry mustard, arugula $14

ENTREES

GRILLED TWIN LOBSTER TAILS with a smoked scallop mousse, Old Bay Butter, roasted garlic risotto, grilled broccolini $40

BAKED SCROD with white wine, lemons, breadcrumbs and butter, roasted russet potatoes with a horseradish sour cream, grilled corn on the cob $28

DESSERT

APPLE-DRIED CRANBERRY SLAB PIE, caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream $8.5

BEVERAGES

Scarlett Noir

Woodford Reserve, Gran Marnier, orgeat syrup, lemon juice, red wine float, served tall

DR KONSTANTINE FRANK "DRY RIESLING" Finger Lakes \'19 $12

*Menus are Subject to Change

Kingfisher offers both dine-in and take-out dining and maintains all appropriate covid safety measures including distanced seating and a mask requirement for all guests upon entering and when moving about the dining room. The dining areas and bar are open for limited seating by reservation only Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm for lunch and 4pm to 9pm for dinner. To view all menus, make reservations and additional information visit kingfishertucson.com Kingfisher is located at 2465 E Grant Road. Phone 520-323-7739.

This press release was produced by Kingfisher. The views expressed here are the author\'s own.

Pima County Public Library: Imagine Our Story Destinations: Mt. Lemmon

Looking to escape the intense summer heat? Adventure to Mt. Lemmon and connect with nature while enjoying cool, fresh mountain air!Mt. Lemmon is the highest point of the Santa Catalina Mountains at an elevation over 9,000 feet. The Santa Catalina mountain region is also known by the traditional Tohono O\'odham name, Babad Do\'ag meaning "Frog Mountain" for its dome-like appearance resembling a giant sleeping frog.Mt. Lemmon was named after Sara Lemmon, a recognized botanist, artist, teacher, and library enthusiast who...

Looking to escape the intense summer heat? Adventure to Mt. Lemmon and connect with nature while enjoying cool, fresh mountain air!

Mt. Lemmon is the highest point of the Santa Catalina Mountains at an elevation over 9,000 feet. The Santa Catalina mountain region is also known by the traditional Tohono O\'odham name, Babad Do\'ag meaning "Frog Mountain" for its dome-like appearance resembling a giant sleeping frog.

Mt. Lemmon was named after Sara Lemmon, a recognized botanist, artist, teacher, and library enthusiast who climbed the mountain peak in 1881 with her husband to collect and study plant specimens. To this day, Mt. Lemmon calls to adventurers eager to explore the natural wonders of the region!

Mt. Lemmon can be reached by driving 29 miles up Catalina Highway from Tanque Verde Rd. Along the scenic journey, there are pullout spaces to pause and admire awe-inspiring views and fascinating rock formations. As you travel from the base of the mountain to the summit, you\'ll discover an incredible transition from desert landscape to the pine and fir trees of the Coronado National Forest.

Before starting your adventure, consider downloading the free Mt. Lemmon Science Tour app created by the University of Arizona. The app acts as a tour guide narrating science stories that highlight the biodiversity occurring within the changing levels of elevation.

Wondering what to do once you reach the summit? Mt. Lemmon is a popular destination for outdoor recreation activities including: camping, rock-climbing, bird-watching, trail-hiking, and picnicking. Visit the website for the Coronado National Forest to learn more about campgrounds, amenities, fees, and safety measures. Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen!

Mt. Lemmon also provides an ideal site for astronomical viewing at the University of Arizona\'s Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter which houses two of the largest telescopes available for public outreach in the Southwest. Novice and experienced stargazers alike are invited to enroll in the astronomy programs at this mountain top observatory.

The small community of Summerhaven on Mt. Lemmon is a restful place where you can leisurely stroll, visit gift shops, and dine. Cookies, pies, and fudge, are among the tasty treats that can be found in Summerhaven!

A simple nature walk with family on Mt. Lemmon can be a wonderful way to bond and inspire children to explore the world through all their senses. In preparation for your adventure, invite your child to create their own nature journal to record the interesting things you discover together. The nature experiences you share create memories that become fun stories to tell!

This press release was produced by the Pima County Public Library. The views expressed here are the author\'s own.

Delta Aquariids, Perseid Meteors In Tucson: Peak Dates

Plan your summer nights in Arizona around two meteor showers: the long-running Delta Aquariids and the fireball-producing Perseids.TUCSON, AZ — If you\'ve been longing since spring for meteor showers, you\'re about to be rewarded as the rambling Delta Aquariid meteor shower peaks over Tucson Thursday.Whether you\'ll be able to see if, of course, depends on the weather. There\'s a 51 percent chance of rain in Tucson on Thursday.One way to look at the Delta Aquariids, which produce between 10 and 20 meteors an hour...

Plan your summer nights in Arizona around two meteor showers: the long-running Delta Aquariids and the fireball-producing Perseids.

TUCSON, AZ — If you\'ve been longing since spring for meteor showers, you\'re about to be rewarded as the rambling Delta Aquariid meteor shower peaks over Tucson Thursday.

Whether you\'ll be able to see if, of course, depends on the weather. There\'s a 51 percent chance of rain in Tucson on Thursday.

One way to look at the Delta Aquariids, which produce between 10 and 20 meteors an hour at the peak, is as a dress rehearsal for summer\'s main shooting star event, the prolific Perseid meteor shower.

The Delta Aquariids reliably produce meteors for a couple of days on either side of the peak date and will continue to fire through about Aug. 23, intersecting with the Perseids, often regarded as the best meteor shower of the year — though the Geminid meteor shower in December is special in its own right.

The 2021 Delta Aquariids could be a disappointment, though. Harsh light from a waning gibbous moon will likely wash out a good number of the meteors, which are faint to begin with because the shower favors the Southern Hemisphere, according to Earthsky.org.

To see the Delta Aquariids, it\'s best to head outside between midnight and dawn, regardless of where you live.

That bright moon will wane in the first week of August. The Perseid meteor shower, which runs through Aug. 24, will be well underway by that point, and viewing conditions should be ideal for the Aug. 11-12 peak.

So, is the shooting star a Delta Aquariid or a Perseid?

The alternate answer is that either way, a falling star is a beautiful thing to behold, but if you really want to distinguish a Delta Aquariid from a Perseid meteor, the short answer is that the former appear to fly from the south and the Perseids from the north-northeast.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com that 2021 should be a stellar year for the Perseids, which are known for bright, persistent trains. If skies are clear, skywatchers will be able to see about 100 shooting stars an hour, Cooke said, though he explained that in more typical conditions, people should be able to see one meteor every minute.

"The Perseids are rich in fireballs, so they\'ll be bright," Cooke said.Cooke, who leads the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA\'s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, said meteor shower watching requires an investment in time and preparation. Some tips:

Also, Cooke told Space.com, ditch the cell phone.

"The bright screen can throw a wrench in your efforts to adjust your night vision," he said. "My suggestion to my friends who want to observe meteors is, leave your phone inside."

Tucson restaurant workers could form first union of its kind in AZ

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) -As restaurant and retail workers are leaving the industries in droves across the US, a group of local restaurant workers could form the first union of its type for their industry in Arizona.Prep and Pastry workers are trying to start a union for themselves and the restaurant group, Ares Collective Restaurants.“For too long we’ve been undervalued and overworked, and we’re not getting the benefits that we deserve, we work really hard,” said Spyncer Wilson, line cook at Prep an...

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) -As restaurant and retail workers are leaving the industries in droves across the US, a group of local restaurant workers could form the first union of its type for their industry in Arizona.

Prep and Pastry workers are trying to start a union for themselves and the restaurant group, Ares Collective Restaurants.

“For too long we’ve been undervalued and overworked, and we’re not getting the benefits that we deserve, we work really hard,” said Spyncer Wilson, line cook at Prep and Pastry.

The group has a few main requests, like job security, the right for breaks and PTO, affordable health care, holiday pay and time off and no retaliation against employees.

Partner owner, Nathan Ares, said holiday time off is the only thing the restaurant currently does not offer full-time employees. Ares said they offer highly competitive pay and hours when they can, though COVID-19 and a slower summer have been difficult.

“We love our team, and I’ve personally told every single team member no matter which way this goes, nothing will change,” said Ares.

While breaks are not stated in their employee handbook, Ares said most employees do not work more than eight hours and the restaurant ground gives frequent breaks and a free meal to employees every day.

“I think regardless of the federal and state law mandates, you should treat people the way they deserve, and even if you’re a part-time employee, that doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve the benefits of a full-time employee,” said Wilson.

The union, UFCW Local 99, said they have presented ownership with the chance to okay a union without a vote, but Ares said it should be up to all the employees to decide. After 30 percent of employees were in favor of petitioning for a union, whether or not the union forms will now likely come down to a vote between all employees. UFCW Local 99 said they will offer ownership another chance to approve a union without a vote.

“We want to do whatever the team wants to do, and that’s hearing both sides of the team, and if and when a vote comes, we want it to be fair,” said Ares.

Other grievances from the workers include a bad work environment and the fear of speaking up, something management categorically denies. Workers hope to lead a way for other workers in the industry to form or join their own union.

An online petition asking for the public’s support of the union has more than 500 signatures, a vote from the employees on whether or not to form a union will likely be in the coming weeks

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