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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Flowing Well, AZ

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. Flowing Well, 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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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.
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.
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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 manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
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.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Flowing Well, 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 Flowing Well, 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. 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.

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

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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.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Flowing Well, 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, 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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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 Flowing Well, 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 Flowing Well, 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 Flowing Well, 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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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Flowing Well, 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.

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Rylan Johnson wins AJGA Junior at the Tucson Country Club; Arizona commit Zachery Pollo takes second

The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) held the Jim Click Automotive/HSL Properties Championship this week at the Tucson Country Club. The three rounds of play started on Tuesday and Oregon State commit Rylan Johnson set a new 54-hole tournament record with a 22-under-par 194 (65-65-64).Johnson took second place in the AIA Division II state final this past fall playing for Williams Field to Ironwood Ridge standout Brasen Briones 138 to 141 but this week belonged to Johnson. Johnson started the fi...

The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) held the Jim Click Automotive/HSL Properties Championship this week at the Tucson Country Club. The three rounds of play started on Tuesday and Oregon State commit Rylan Johnson set a new 54-hole tournament record with a 22-under-par 194 (65-65-64).

Johnson took second place in the AIA Division II state final this past fall playing for Williams Field to Ironwood Ridge standout Brasen Briones 138 to 141 but this week belonged to Johnson. Johnson started the final round in a tie with Ziqin Zhou of China, with both teeing off 14-under through 36 holes, but Johnson put together nine birdies to distance himself from the field and he held off University of Arizona commit Zachery Pollo (Rocklin, CA) by five strokes for the win (199: 66-68-65).

Logan Kim of La Canada Flintridge, California took third with a 15-under 201 (72-63-66) and Zhou took fourth (205: 63-67-75). Salpointe senior Carlos Astiazaran (207: 67-70-70) tied for fifth place with Michael Riebe of Encinitas (207: 70-69-68).

Alice Ziyi Zhao of China (Irvine, CA) shot a 17-under 199 (64-66-69) to hold off Martina Yu of Canada by seven strokes (206: 66-68-72). Zhao also set a new 54-hole record this week. Kaila Elsayegh of Pacific Palisades took third (211: 73-71-67) and Ironwood Ridge senior Zoe Newell took fourth (213: 69-72-72).

Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and a 2019 AZ Education News recognition. He was a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling and his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is a Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. He earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater and he was recognized by City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

Monsoon season kicks off today

EditorWithout having a crystal ball, it’s not easy for forecasters to predict what to expect this time of the year in terms of monsoon. But, that doesn't stop them from trying.“There is a slight tilt in odds toward a wetter than normal monsoon across southern Arizona,” Phoenix’s National Weather Service recently reported. “The remainder of the state will see equal chances for above, near, or below normal precipitation. Warmer-than-normal temperatures are favored for all of Arizona.”...

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Without having a crystal ball, it’s not easy for forecasters to predict what to expect this time of the year in terms of monsoon. But, that doesn't stop them from trying.

“There is a slight tilt in odds toward a wetter than normal monsoon across southern Arizona,” Phoenix’s National Weather Service recently reported. “The remainder of the state will see equal chances for above, near, or below normal precipitation. Warmer-than-normal temperatures are favored for all of Arizona.”

Arizona had a very wet 2021 monsoon. Most of the state saw well-above normal rainfall, ranking as the ninth wettest season on record, NWS reported.

For more than a decade, Arizona’s monsoon season has officially started on June 15 and runs through the end of September. However, it’s usually not until July when the state begins to see measured precipitation.

What is the monsoon? According to the NWS the term monsoon describes large-scale wind shifts that transport moist tropical air to dry desert locations, such as the southwestern United States. A monsoon pattern also affects several other locations around the world including Southeast Asia, Australia, Africa, and South America. The Indian Monsoon is the strongest in the world due to the height of the Tibetan Plateau.

“Intense heating of the land over Mexico and the southwestern United States in the early summer months creates the wind shifts in the low levels,” NWS’s website states. “Moisture begins to be carried off of the Gulf of California and eastern Pacific Ocean – the two main sources for monsoonal moisture in northern Arizona. These winds transport moisture northward into Mexico and the American Southwest.”

NWS states that each monsoon season is different in almost every aspect from the onset/end, to the amount of available moisture and to the location of the heaviest rainfall. Precipitation totals vary widely each monsoon season and within each season, amounts change quite dramatically from city to city.

“The reason for this is the widely scattered nature of the monsoonal thunderstorms,” it states.

In terms of the Town of Wickenburg’s response, Public Services Director Herschel Workman said free sand and sandbags are available at the Town of Wickenburg Maintenance Shop on Coney Orosco Road for residents.

“We make sure all culverts and drainage ditches are clean and free of debris for efficient water flow,” Workman said. “In addition, the Town ensures that all of our barricades have working lights and we stage barricades at the locations around town that are prone to flooding.”

To prepare for the monsoon, Workman said if an owner’s property is susceptible to flooding, have sandbags ready. Drivers should avoid roads that are flooded and not cross the washes when flooded.

As for previous flooding in Wickenburg, Workman said, “It depends on the duration and intensity of the rainfall. The past few years have not been severe, but there have been prior monsoon events with severe flooding that have caused significant damage.”

Flowing Wells, Arizona legend Robbie Moen returns to Southern Arizona to coach at Rio Rico

Robbie Moen’s long and winding coaching odyssey after completing his Arizona baseball career almost 30 years ago has brought the Flowing Wells High School and Wildcat legend back to Southern Arizona.He will be the athletic director and a physical education teacher at Coatimundi Middle School in Rio Rico and will join Jeff Scurran’s coaching staff this fall at Rio Rico High School as the wide receivers coach while also working with the punters and kickers.After an 18-year background ...

Robbie Moen’s long and winding coaching odyssey after completing his Arizona baseball career almost 30 years ago has brought the Flowing Wells High School and Wildcat legend back to Southern Arizona.

He will be the athletic director and a physical education teacher at Coatimundi Middle School in Rio Rico and will join Jeff Scurran’s coaching staff this fall at Rio Rico High School as the wide receivers coach while also working with the punters and kickers.

After an 18-year background as hitting coach at Kansas State and Loyola Marymount and scout with the Tampa Bay Rays, he moved to Frisco, Texas (a suburb of Dallas) in 2016 to be close to his daughters Payton and Paige, who moved to that area with Moen’s ex-wife.

For the last six years, Moen coached softball in Frisco for the Frozen Ropes Softball Academy and at Aubrey (Texas) Braswell High School as the junior varsity coach. He also served as the hitting coach for the Russian national baseball team in 2017.

“I think baseball or softball will be in the future at Rio Rico — I don’t know if it will be this year but it will be part of the future,” Moen said.

Moen returned to Southern Arizona three weeks ago, and he and his wife Mila now reside in Green Valley.

“I’m excited to come back because there’s a lot of opportunities not just for me, but for my wife, who’s an aqua aerobics, yoga and pilates instructor,” Moen said. “There’s gonna be a lot of opportunities to carry her business from Texas down to here. She’ll have to start over with new clients, but it’s a great environment to do it in.”

Moen’s hire with Scurran reunites the two from when Scurran served as Flowing Wells’ offensive coordinator in 1987, Moen’s sophomore season with the Caballeros.

Moen completed one of the most storied high school baseball and football careers in Southern Arizona history his senior season at Flowing Wells when he was an all-state selection in both sports.

He went from being a quarterback as a freshman to a wide receiver/defensive back and punter from his sophomore year until only two games remained in his senior season when coach John Kashner used him at quarterback because of his athleticism out of the Wing T offense.

Nobody at Flowing Wells has topped his five touchdowns in a game that he achieved against Rincon/University in 1987.

“Coach Scurran asked if I could help him in his first year at Rio Rico,” Moen said of the coaching legend who has not coached locally at the high school level since 2018 while at Catalina Foothills.

“For me to make this move, especially uprooting from Texas with my wife, it had to make financial sense and Rio Rico made it happen.”

David Verdugo, whom Moen played football against while Verdugo was a standout at CDO, helped make it happen, according to Moen.

Verdugo is the superintendent of the Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District. Rio Rico is the lone high school in the district.

“David Verdugo wants me to kind of get involved and help grow the baseball and softball programs and keep our athletes at our school (Rio Rico),” Moen said. “Right now, what’s happening is that two years ago, I was told, six of the nine starters on the Nogales baseball team that made it to the state championship were supposed to be at Rio Rico.

“They go to our middle school because it’s such a good academic school and they enjoy it. And then they go to Sahuarita or they go to Nogales High School. So my job being at the middle school is to help get to know those students, develop the relationship at an early age and then let them know that, ‘Hey, these are going to be your coaches, myself included, when you get to high school,’ and hopefully that keeps them from leaving.”

Moen said he will stress to students that, “I’m not just a football guy who’s trying to help baseball and softball. I’m really a baseball and softball guy that’s helping football because that’s my background.”

“That’s what I know the most, but I can coach football; it is just a different skill set to learn,” he continued. “We need to let the kids know that, ‘Hey, I can coach and I’ll be there when you move up the ladder and get into high school. You’re gonna see the guy who’s been there with you.'”

Nearby schools such as Nogales, Sahuarita and Walden Grove will likely find it more difficult to attract students in the Rio Rico area with Moen coaching with Scurran and also leading either the softball or baseball program with the Hawks.

Moen is known for his fierce competitive nature.

“His greatest attribute was he loved to prove people wrong,” said longtime Tucson-area baseball coach Len Anderson, who coached Moen at Flowing Wells and also had stints at Pima College and CDO.

“Robbie was the baseball version of a gym rat. He was coachable and wanted to learn, but the thing I remember most about him, he was full of fire. He never took an at-bat off. You can’t say that about a lot of players.”

A member of Arizona’s All-Century Team (1900 to 1999) in baseball, Moen finished his Wildcat career second in at-bats (843) and doubles (63), third in hits (325) and total bases (465) and fifth in RBIs (185) while playing for Jerry Kindall, Jerry Stitt and Jim Wing.

Moen is also on Arizona’s Baseball Legends Plaza Wall of Fame along with former teammate George Arias, a Pueblo High School alum.

Moen and Arias played golf together on Tuesday before Moen watched the Flowing Wells Little League All-Stars (8-10) play against Tanque Verde in the District 5 tournament at Mehl Park. Moen’s former baseball teammate with the Caballeros, Dave Laguna, has a son (Dominic) who plays for Flowing Wells Little League.

“It’s been good seeing people like George, Dave, one of my best friends at Flowing Wells, Coach Stitt and Coach Wing, as well as Coach Anderson and Steve Reinhardt, my high school baseball coaches at Flowing Wells,” Moen said. “Now, I’m back with Coach Scurran in football and that will be great.

“From that aspect, it has been really good getting back and seeing a lot of friends and catching up.”

Another bonus returning to Southern Arizona for an extended period for the first time since his Wildcat career ended in 1993 is being close to his daughter Payton, who will be a senior at Arizona this school year.

“I’ll get a chance to see her a little bit more and then obviously, I’ll be here when she graduates. That’s pretty exciting,” Moen said.

Moen added that the decision to move from Frisco was “kind of nerve-wracking with anxiety involved,” because some of the ties they developed there.

“I think once we got in here, it’s helped a lot because we’ve found a place to live,” Moen said. “I’m getting a lot of paperwork done for school. I’m getting a head start on football learning the actual plays and what I’m going to be doing. When the school year starts, I won’t have all of those things to worry about.

“I can just move right into my job.”

ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

Historic Investments in Water, Bipartisan Budget Deal Close Out the 2022 Arizona Legislative Session–but No Progress on Rural Groundwater Management

The Arizona Legislature concluded its 2022 session with the passage of a bipartisan budget on June 22 followed by a water spending plan late in the evening on June 24.Haley Paul, co-lead of the Water for Arizona Coalition and Arizona Policy Director for the National Audubon Society, issued the following statement:"The Arizona Legislature made a critical down payment on improving Arizona’s water outlook. Nearly $440 million is dedicated to conservation and water reliability proj...

The Arizona Legislature concluded its 2022 session with the passage of a bipartisan budget on June 22 followed by a water spending plan late in the evening on June 24.

Haley Paul, co-lead of the Water for Arizona Coalition and Arizona Policy Director for the National Audubon Society, issued the following statement:

"The Arizona Legislature made a critical down payment on improving Arizona’s water outlook. Nearly $440 million is dedicated to conservation and water reliability projects throughout the state including unprecedented funding for improving surface water flows, groundwater recharge and aquifer health, and landscape watershed protection including through green infrastructure. This funding–if used wisely–can help jump-start the long-term transformation we need in order to adapt and thrive in our new water reality of drought and water scarcity supercharged by climate change.

"But despite these historic investments, Arizona leaders missed a tremendous opportunity to address the groundwater challenges we face throughout Arizona. Today, groundwater across 85% of our state's geography is unprotected, and unlimited groundwater pumping threatens rural communities' water supplies. These unchecked withdrawals have resulted in land subsidence, fissures in the ground, wells running dry, streamflow declines, and a de facto policy of 'the deepest well wins.' This threatens rural communities’ very existence.

"The legislature’s inaction on this issue means that rural Arizona still faces an uncertain future. It is our firm belief that if Arizona truly wants to secure its water future, we must address these issues today. As Arizona starts to invest the $1.4 billion total allocated in the water spending plan, in order to maximize the benefit of these taxpayer dollars, it should also provide a regulatory framework for communities to be able to protect any water they are able to conserve, reuse, and recharge into the ground from being pumped out from under them.

"Fundamentally, we have a math problem in Arizona: we use more water than nature provides. That’s why we must do more — for people and nature. Water augmentation and importation projects, which to the extent feasible are a decade or more away, will only backfill a fraction of the cuts we are already taking on the Colorado River–and don’t help rural Arizona communities protect the water supplies they DO have, nor the rivers, streams, and springs on which we all rely.

"That’s why we must heed this blazing alarm we are receiving from the Colorado River, its tributaries, and our groundwater supplies. We need an all-of-the-above strategy to achieve greater water security and reliability in the face of our new water reality. This means investing in conservation and augmentation, but it also must include a sound and meaningful regulatory framework for the nearly 85% of the state currently without groundwater management options. Our communities, our businesses, and our flowing rivers with their ribbons of green depend on us doing more.

"We are grateful to the policymakers in both parties who worked and negotiated tirelessly on this water spending plan. Along with other changes from the initial version such as increased transparency and improved criteria for funding projects, Representative Cano, Representative Abraham, Minority Leader Bolding, and numerous others secured $200 million specifically for conservation projects that will reduce overall water use and improve water reliability, which improved the water spending plan dramatically.

"It is critical for Arizona’s future that leaders meet the moment and do more to improve Arizona’s water security in coming legislative sessions. The Water for Arizona Coalition will continue to advocate and advance solutions that help Arizona protect water supplies for people and nature so we can continue to thrive as the Grand Canyon state.”

About the Water for Arizona Coalition

The Water for Arizona Coalition is a community of Arizonans who support innovative practices and smart policies to ensure a reliable water supply to meet the state’s needs. The Coalition was recently recognized as an Arizona Capitol Times “2020 Leader of the Year” for their efforts in protecting Arizona's most valuable resource. Organizational support is provided by solution-oriented groups like American Rivers, Business for Water Stewardship, Environmental Defense Action Fund, National Audubon Society, and Western Resource Advocates that collectively have over 60,000 Arizona members, as well as hundreds of hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreation enthusiasts across the state.

Sewage flows from Mexico worry Arizona residents

Officials blame equipment failure at Mexican plant for E. coli contaminated wastewater pouring across U.S. border wallNOGALES, Arizona (Border Report) – The U.S. and Mexico share natural resources such as rivers and underground water supplies. So, when poorly treated sewage started flowing across the border wall from Mexico, environmentalists in Southern Arizona raised a red flag.“The effluent from a new subdivision in Mexico is coming across the ...

Officials blame equipment failure at Mexican plant for E. coli contaminated wastewater pouring across U.S. border wall

NOGALES, Arizona (Border Report) – The U.S. and Mexico share natural resources such as rivers and underground water supplies. So, when poorly treated sewage started flowing across the border wall from Mexico, environmentalists in Southern Arizona raised a red flag.

“The effluent from a new subdivision in Mexico is coming across the border and it seems to be highly contaminated, very poorly treated. It smells as you walk up to it,” said Ben Lomeli, president of Friends of the Santa Cruz River.

The group monitors water quality and environmental threats in the region. Its members a few weeks ago detected refuse and nauseating smells in a flood plain called Oso Wash next to the border wall east of Nogales. Group members took samples and detected E. coli coming from a Mexican wastewater plant in Nogales, Sonora.

The group says that’s likely the result of “not sufficiently treated” or chlorinated wastewater, which fosters the growth of algae, protozoa, fungi, bacteria, worms and leeches. Lomeli is also concerned about chemicals and possibly metals that may be present in poorly treated effluent and may find their way to underground water supplies.

“There are several ranches and homes and other wells in that area that would use that water. The closer you are to the source the heavier the contamination potential,” Lomeli said.

The International Boundary and Water Commission and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality verified the E. coli findings.

Officials on both sides of the border said treated wastewater from Mexico often flows across the border but attributed the contamination to equipment failure or shortcomings at the Nogales, Sonora, treatment plant.

Maria Elena Giner, the U.S. Commissioner of the IBWC, said efforts are ongoing to get the Sonora plant parts from Arizona to solve the problem in the short term, and funding from the North American Development Bank and other entities for a long-term solution.

“The Commission has received specifications for equipment that is needed at the plant and is reaching out to entities in Arizona to see if equipment is available that could be installed in Mexico on a temporary basis until the Mexican equipment is repaired or replaced. We are also exploring longer term options related to needed infrastructure on the Mexican side,” said Lori Kuczmanski, a spokeswoman for the IBWC.

Nogales, Sonora Mayor Juan Francisco Gim told local news media the Los Alisos plant treats about 220 liters (58 gallons) of wastewater per second but would need to double its capacity to prevent contaminated liquid from flowing downhill to the border wall and Arizona.

Guardians of the river

Lomeli this week took Border Report to the site of the sewage spill east of Nogales. It’s a hard drive over loose gravel on a road going up and down hills that usually only U.S. Border Patrol agents dare travel on four-wheel-drive vehicles.

The smell of wastewater is evident going down the last hill toward Oso Wash. There, the effluent comes across from Mexico like a stream that picks up speed as it enters the flood plain.

“There are several ranches and homes and wells in that area that would use that water. The closer you are to that source, the greater the contamination potential,” Lomeli said.

The flow sinks or dries up with the afternoon triple-digit heat about a quarter-mile from the border wall. But Lomeli, a hydrologist, says any amount of rain can take it farther.

“The water flows toward us (Arizona) because of the topography. We are downstream, so we are going to receive runoff when it rains and we’re going to keep receiving effluent that is released. Hopefully, it will be clean in the future,” he said.

Friends of the Santa Cruz River is a nonprofit formed in 1991 to protect an area known as the San Rafael Valley that straddles the Two Nogales. Their main concerns are protection and education. The group puts out newsletters and hosts community clean-ups.

“We have outreach and education. We go to the schools; we bring kids to (natural attractions). And we do environmental advocacy,” Lomeli said. “There’s a lot of natural attractions here in Santa Cruz County, there’s a lot of cultural and historical attractions. As far as nature, we have the river, we have the mountains, we have the Chihuahuan Desert, the Sonoran Desert, we have wildlife – anything from jaguars to the gray wolf. Birding is a big attraction.”

But with the population growing on both sides of the border, safeguarding water supplies is a top priority for the local environmentalists.

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