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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Green Valley, 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. Green Valley, 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:

Storage Containers Green Valley, AZ

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.

 Rent Storage Containers Green Valley, AZ

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.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Green Valley, 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 Green Valley, 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.

 Storage Containers For Rent Green Valley, AZ

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.
 Mobile Storage Containers Green Valley, AZ
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 Green Valley, 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 Green Valley, 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 Green Valley, 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 Green Valley, 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 Green Valley, 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 Green Valley, AZ?

Check out our FAQ page or reach out to our helpful customer service team today @

520.263.8881

Latest News in Green Valley, AZ

Green Valley Gardeners: Once again, it’s time to celebrate trees

Friday, April 29, is Arbor Day in Arizona … a day to appreciate the trees we see regularly, to prize the shade they provide, to re-think the value they add to our lives.Currently brightening our desert are the catkin-like yellow and cream blooms on varieties of Mesquite, the petite golden balls of Acacias, and the thousands of vivid yellow petals on Arizona’s official State Tree, the Palo Verde. The air has been permeated with the soft sweet scents of tree blossoms.In the desert, trees are invaluable for providing ...

Friday, April 29, is Arbor Day in Arizona … a day to appreciate the trees we see regularly, to prize the shade they provide, to re-think the value they add to our lives.

Currently brightening our desert are the catkin-like yellow and cream blooms on varieties of Mesquite, the petite golden balls of Acacias, and the thousands of vivid yellow petals on Arizona’s official State Tree, the Palo Verde. The air has been permeated with the soft sweet scents of tree blossoms.

In the desert, trees are invaluable for providing shade, which shaves numbers from the thermometer during hot summers. Trees also reduce noise pollution, such as from heavy traffic. They provide wind protection. Trees absorb harmful pollutants and small particles from the air which could damage our lungs. Their photosynthesis gives off oxygen. University studies have shown that one large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for up to four people.

Most desert trees belong to the legume family, meaning they produce their own nitrogen with the aid of soil micro-organisms. After flowering, pods are created, differing by variety as much as do the flowers. Some trees are known for making more litter than others.

Perhaps this is a good time to consider planting a tree, but first do some homework.

Ask questions such as: “How much space is available for the mature tree? How much litter can be tolerated? What maintenance level can be provided? Will there be a neighborhood view issue as the tree grows?”

All trees eventually need some trimming and cleanup, but some require less work than others. Experience has found that native choices have adapted to the desert climate, are lower water users, are not as affected by insects and disease, thrive in our alkaline soil, and overall require less care.

Arbor Day can also be celebrated without planting a tree. Take the opportunity to inspect your existing trees, noting any broken limbs, rubbing branches, or evidence of disease or insects. Give thought to how added trees might improve the appearance of your property, provide more privacy, and give needed wind or sun protection.

For a day trip to an arboretum, consider Boyce Thompson at Superior, an easy two-hour drive north. In the Santa Cruz Valley, visit Tohono Chul Park or Tucson Botanical Gardens. Why not take a walk around the University of Arizona main campus, which is a Certified Arboretum with a wide variety of identified trees.

Mary Kidnocker is a University of Arizona Master Gardener who lives in the Green Valley area. Her articles are featured weekly.

Concerts on the Green Series Returns to Prescott Valley

By Yavapai College NewsLast year, in an effort to break the pandemic isolation, Yavapai College Performing Arts brought five great acts out onto the cool grass of Prescott Valley and established a summer tradition. This year, YCPAC offers an encore of its Concerts on the Green series, with six great musical events, beginning Sunday June 5, at Prescott Valley’s Civic Center Amphitheater.This summer, Concerts on the Green charges out of the blocks Sunday night, June 5 at 7 p.m., with ...

By Yavapai College News

Last year, in an effort to break the pandemic isolation, Yavapai College Performing Arts brought five great acts out onto the cool grass of Prescott Valley and established a summer tradition. This year, YCPAC offers an encore of its Concerts on the Green series, with six great musical events, beginning Sunday June 5, at Prescott Valley’s Civic Center Amphitheater.

This summer, Concerts on the Green charges out of the blocks Sunday night, June 5 at 7 p.m., with FINNEGAN BLUE. Led by siblings Anna Lee and Willie Fleming, this hot-wired, high-energy combo combines a fiery set list of original Irish and Bluegrass songs with a repertoire of hits from The Pogues, the Grateful Dead, Flogging Molly, Sublime, and Amy Winehouse and more.

Concerts on the Green is back the following week with a toe-tapping homage to a legendary Country duo. NEON CIRCUS: A BROOKS & DUNN TRIBUTE celebrates the 20-year, 30-million album legacy of two of Nashville’s most beloved performers. Join us June 12, under the stars, for an evening that features all of B&D’s Number One hits: “My Maria,” “Neon Moon,” “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” – and more!

Then get ready for a treat as Concerts on the Green welcomes Legendary Latin vocalist CARO PIEROTTO to the stage, June 19! Winner of the 2020 Prêmio Profissionais da Música “Best MPB Video Award,” the Los Angeles-based vocalist and her all-star Brazilian band channel a wide range of musical influences – from Sade to Amy Winehouse to Bebel Gilberto – as they perform original songs and classics in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

On Independence Eve – Sunday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m. – join us on the Prescott Valley Civic Amphitheatre lawn for stirring patriotic tradition, performed by local favorites. THE PRESCOTT POPS: AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL celebrates our country through its rich and inspiring musical heritage.

Then LP AND THE VINYL, July 10 at 7 p.m., brings four talented jazz musicians together for a charismatic fusion of the familiar and the new. Vocalist Leonard Patton, pianist Danny Green, bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm spin hits from Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, and the Beatles through a captivating prism of jazz, with generous doses of jazz standards and original work blended in.

Could it be magic? YCPAC closes this season’s Concerts on the Green on July 24, with a favorite from last year, and the canon of a pop music master. THE MAGIC OF MANILOW welcomes back pianist/vocalist Terry Davies (PIANO MEN: GENERATIONS) for a spectacular evening of legendary hits like “Mandy,” “Weekend in New England,” “Ready to Take a Chance Again,” and “Copacabana.”

All six Concerts on the Green events will perform at the Prescott Valley Civic Center Amphi-theater, 7501 East Skoog Blvd., Prescott Valley, 86314. Seating is general admission, and patrons may bring their own blankets or lawn chairs. Tickets for individual shows are $20 for adults and $5 for youth, 9-17. Children eight and under are free. Right now, YCPAC is offering its “Pick 4” subscription through June 5, where patrons who purchase four or more Concerts on the Green events will receive a 15% discount. Tickets for individual events are also on sale now. For reservations or more information, please call the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center Ticket Office at (928) 776.2000 or visit: www.ycpac.com.

Yavapai College Performing Artspresents the second annualConcerts on the Green Series

Finnegan Blue

Sunday, June 5 at 7 pm

Prescott POPS: America the Beautiful

Sunday, July 3 at 7:30 pm

Neon Circus: Brooks & Dunn Tribute

Sunday, June 12 at 7 pm

LP & The Vinyl

Sunday, July 10 at 7 pm

Caro Pierotto

Sunday, June 19 at 7 pm

The Magic of Manilow

Sunday, July 24 at 7 pm

Prescott Valley Civic Center Amphitheater, 7501 East Skoog Blvd., Prescott Valley 86314

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Letters to the editor, May 2022

THE ARCHIVES ISSUEYour April edition was terrific — great photos and graphics as well as quality stories. I particularly enjoyed Wufei Yu’s research on one Chinese American family’s history in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with its connections to Jemez Pueblo (“...

THE ARCHIVES ISSUE

Your April edition was terrific — great photos and graphics as well as quality stories. I particularly enjoyed Wufei Yu’s research on one Chinese American family’s history in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with its connections to Jemez Pueblo (“Origin Story”). It is difficult to be reminded of all of the mistakes our lawmakers and citizenry have made over the years in limiting the rainbow connections of all immigrant groups. Hopefully, we as a nation are learning to be more inclusive and celebrate our differences, however slowly.

Jamie GaganTesuque, New Mexico

What a valuable issue! It’s so good to see and share diverse memorabilia and legacy. Appreciate that your focus was a variety of collected and documented memories of women. So good to see my grandparent’s generation through the Indigenous eyes of Jennie Ross Cobb (“What Jennie Saw”). I’m delighted that documentation of family is becoming easier for Chinese Americans (“Origin Story”). Lydia Otero’s “box of life” will surely be welcomed by an archive (“Here and Queer”). The illustrations by Kate Samworth (“Nature’s File Cabinets”) made me rush to Google to see if I could order the charming pack rats, critters that plague me considerably here in the desert.

Linda LairdGreen Valley, Arizona

The April 2022 issue was another disappointment. Information related to current environmental issues concerning the West seems to be growing increasingly scarce. Editorial standards have been too hipped-up and too dumbed-down for me. I encourage you to hold to hard-hitting environmental topics, suggesting alternatives and solutions and providing info whereby readers may take action. Get radical!!!

David LasserreEl Prado, New Mexico

WITNESSING THE WEST

I want you all to know how much I appreciate your focused attention to Westerners beyond the Euro-American white male perspective that we almost always assume. Your thoughtful and thorough exploration of the lives and experiences of the diverse peoples of the West is so needed, and has deepened my understanding and appreciation for the cultures and struggles of these many unacknowledged Westerners.

Maybe humanity will someday get that kindness and compassion toward all of us humans is the only and ultimate way to create peace and well-being on our fragile planet. In the meantime, I am so grateful for HCN for caring, for opening our eyes and for working so brilliantly toward such a day. I love the West, and I love the awareness, the witnessing and the documentation that you provide with every issue. Thank you!

David A. YeatsBoulder, Colorado

ALBUQUERQUE’S HISTORY

I enjoyed your story about the Tangs in Albuquerque (“Origin Story” April 2022). It was fascinating to read about the long history of the family, and I am always saddened by how Asians were and still are treated in this country. I never knew we had a Chinatown in Albuquerque.

Beverly BarsookDenver, Colorado

THE GILA’S IMPORTANCE

Excellent reporting, as usual, about a vital and contentious issue here in Arizona (Colorado River Basin Spotlight, March 2022), especially for the tribes who have been cheated of their rights for so long. I was surprised, however, that one of the Colorado River’s most significant tributaries was not mentioned and doesn’t even show up on the map! The Gila River and its tributaries are essential to several nations and have been sucked dry by the Salt River Project, which facilitated the establishment and growth of the city of Phoenix. The Akimel O’odham, whose very identity comes from these rivers, have been waiting for decades for effective recognition of their rights.

Donna TangTucson, Arizona

CONCRETE CLIMATE SOLUTIONS

Framing climate change as a hyperobject that defies our ability to comprehend it prevents us from being able solve this crisis. As Adam McKay states plainly in his recent interview with Ben Goldfarb about his film Don’t Look Up (“How do you make a movie about a hyperobject?” February 2022), abstract problems evade straightforward solutions. Instead of pointing to “capitalism, electoral politics and human psychology” as McKay does in the interview, treating climate change as the product of a set of industrial practices with industrial policy solutions will better equip us to confront the challenge at hand. As writers at HCN have reported extensively in recent years, including in this issue, decarbonization of energy infrastructure will involve real, local environmental impacts, but a commitment to solving climate change requires these sacrifices. We should view climate solutions in concrete terms, while acknowledging that the benefits of decarbonization will be diffuse, hard to see and global in nature — a hyperobject in itself.

Mara McPartlandSt. Paul, Minnesota

LAMPREY LOVE

I thoroughly enjoyed “I pray, you pray” (February 2022). The writing exhibited all the trademarks of HCN’s journalism: an environmental issue with cultural meaning, scientific integrity, humor, enlightenment and all-around great writing. Though I was vaguely familiar with the lamprey, having grown up in Oregon, I am now a big fan of key’ween. Let’s not be the reason for this remarkable creature’s extinction.

Lorena WilliamsIgnacio, Colorado

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Z’Tejas delivers an unsurpassed combination of deliciousness and drinks

Here’s what’s great about Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill: Whether you’re looking to grab a bite with your buddies, take the family out eat, or even have dinner and drinks on date night, Z’Tejas is the perfect go-to hot spot.Since its founding, Z’Tejas has been serving Southwestern cuisine with bold, flavorful twists to it legion of loyal followers. Z’Tejas’ chefs create authentic, memorable dishes with only the best, fresh ing...

Here’s what’s great about Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill: Whether you’re looking to grab a bite with your buddies, take the family out eat, or even have dinner and drinks on date night, Z’Tejas is the perfect go-to hot spot.

Since its founding, Z’Tejas has been serving Southwestern cuisine with bold, flavorful twists to it legion of loyal followers. Z’Tejas’ chefs create authentic, memorable dishes with only the best, fresh ingredients. Mexican classics like Chili Pork Verde, Smoked Chicken Chile Relleno, and Grilled Shrimp Tostada Bites can be found on the menu. And all this is done in an atmosphere that makes Z’Tejas feel like your favorite neighborhood restaurant and with a staff that makes every customer feel like a VIP.

READ ALSO: Here are the Ranking Arizona Top 10 lists for 2022

Before we get to the food, can we talk a little bit about what makes Z’Tejas go from being sensational to being spectacular? We’re talking about the margaritas. Hands down, Z’Tejas is a must-try destination for all margarita lovers or those looking for the perfect Happy Hour destination. Some favorites include the Organic Margarita (Maestro Dobel Tequila, lime juice and agave for $12), the Strawberry Watermelon Margarita (Gran Centenario Blanco Tequila, Monin strawberry and watermelon syrups, lime juice, agave, and Tajin for $11), and the Paradise Margarita (signature Z’Tejas Margarita, Gran Marnier, flavor choice of mango, peach, strawberry, watermelon or raspberry for $12).

While the margaritas are a better-than-great opening act, it’s Z’Tejas’ food that is truly the star of the show. And that’s what you’ll love about Z’Tejas — you’ve already hit a high note and you haven’t even hit the main courses yet. But here are some highlights when you do:

• The Diablo Pasta ($13) is one of Z’Tejas’ signature dishes and you will quickly understand why. It’s a perfect blend of spinach and red pepper linguine, spicy cream sauce, Cotija cheese and jalapeños that has just the right amount of kick without delivering a knockout punch.

• If you want to try a true Southwestern staple, you’ll be hard-pressed to find better fajitas that the sizzling sensations served at Z’Tejas. The chicken ($19), steak ($25), cilantro pesto shrimp ($25) and vegetarian ($16) and all equally fabulous on the deliciousness meter.

• You also cannot go wrong with the Santa Fe Enchiladas, which features house-smoked chicken with a red chile sauce ($15), barbacoa beef with a green Chile sauce ($16), or cheese enchiladas with green and red sauces ($13).

• The big sleeper on the menu might be the best comfort food entree available in Metro Phoenix: The Chicken Fried Chicken or Steak ($17), which is smothered with the best jalapeño-chorizo gravy you will ever taste.

The Baja Catfish Tacos ($12), Street Tacos ($12) and the Z’Chopped Salad ($16) are some other cannot-miss choices on a menu packed with highlights.

There is a reason Z’Tejas has been a Valley favorite for more than 30 years. Great food. Great drinks. Great service. Great atmosphere. All that adds up to a dining experience that will keep you coming back for more.

• 7221 W. Ray Rd., Chandler

• 300 N. Hayden Rd., Suite D-101, Scottsdale

As the official start of Summer approaches, Z’Tejas has announced its new seasonal menu. Executive Chef Diego Bolanos aims to highlight special ingredients in this new menu that includes small plates, entrees, desserts and craft cocktails. This menu will be available at both Z’Tejas locations now through September.

The new menu includes:

Small Plates:

Crab Artichoke Dip – crab, artichoke, spinach, mushrooms, fresh herbs and served with tortilla chips.

Diablo Eggs – hardboiled eggs seasoned with mustard, jalapeno bacon, jalapeno peppers, Z’Sausage and siracha.

Berry Steak Salad – baby arugula, skirt steak, cilantro pesto, fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, topped with a goat cheese fritter and mango lime dressing.

Entrees

14oz Pork Chop with Agave Pineapple Sauce – Seared bone-in center-cut pork chop, fresh herbs, poblano and cheese mashed potatoes, with ancho balsamic seasonal vegetables.

Seared Mahi-Mahi – Mahi-Mahi, fennel barley risotto, spinach, mushrooms, fennel mint salad.

Caribbean Chicken – Braised Caribbean chicken thighs, coconut sauce, mango avocado relish, rich and ancho balsamic seasonal vegetables.

Desserts

Mango Coconut Cheesecake Parfait

Coconut Cookie and Blood Orange Sorbet

Craft Cocktails

Paleta Margarita

Mojito

Michelada

Margarita Flight

ECLECTIC ENTERTAINMENT ON TAP: Sensational summer lineup at CPAC

A great lineup of music including jazz, malt-shop tunes, folk, rock, soul, ragtime, doo-wop, country, blues and calypso with vocalists and musicians showing their expertise on saxophones, steel drums, harmonica, guitar and piano is on the summer entertainment program at the Community Performance and Art Center.These shows offer a just-right variety of entertainment that’s right around the corner.“Southern Arizona is home to an impressive pool of talent consisting of conservatory-trained classical musicians and jazz ...

A great lineup of music including jazz, malt-shop tunes, folk, rock, soul, ragtime, doo-wop, country, blues and calypso with vocalists and musicians showing their expertise on saxophones, steel drums, harmonica, guitar and piano is on the summer entertainment program at the Community Performance and Art Center.

These shows offer a just-right variety of entertainment that’s right around the corner.

“Southern Arizona is home to an impressive pool of talent consisting of conservatory-trained classical musicians and jazz artists who have played with the greatest acts in the genre. All of this culminates in a vibrant arts scene that is primed to erupt with renewed creativity and vigor,” said CPAC Executive Director Chris Ashcraft. “After two years, CPAC performances are now at full capacity and we look forward to welcoming the public whether it’s your first time or 100th time in our theater,”

Relive the music of the 1950s, '60s and '70s with The 4Gents as they take the audience back to jukebox days with malt-shop memories and popular tunes of the era when the music and lyrics were great to dance to.

“The songs are nostalgic and bring back memories of a simpler time, perhaps beautiful memories of fun teenage years. Songs back then were fun in a quirky, wholesome way that was very playful and often broke the mold of typical commercial radio hits,” said musician Juan Aguirre. “Folks will recognize ‘Stand By Me,’ ‘Run Around Sue,’ and ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ among others. Also look for a special wardrobe surprise in the show.

Along with the music, The 4Gents will have an audience participation segment, helping them to remember special events that happened during this era.

Two shows are on tap: Fri, May 27 at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.

The Pete Swan Quintet will delight the audience with a Tribute to Duke Ellington and an evening of memorable jazz and swing music made famous by the composer, pianist and band leader.

“Ellington’s sheer body of work, the longevity of his career and the vast number of hits and longer compositions put him in a singular category as a jazz composer. As a bandleader, he had some of the greatest and most influential musicians in his band.

“They were very good songs, and well composed catchy melodies and have become part of our American musical history,” Swan said.

The evening will include some of Ellington’s well-known and famous music, including “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Satin Doll” and “Sophisticated Lady” and other memorable music, with Pete Swan on drums and his four top jazz musicians on piano, guitar, bass and saxophone bringing back the best of Ellington’s music.

Remembered as a pianist and greatest jazz composer and band leader of his time from 1924 through 1974, Ellington was quoted with “Music is how I live, why I live and how I will be remembered.”

One show: Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m. $20 in advance

An unusual and perfect mix of Caribbean steel drums with music by the Beatles, Bach, Schubert and Mozart is on the entertainment menu when the Cool Breeze Trio brings this musical mix to CPAC.

With Matt Mitchell on a nylon string guitar, Mike Levy on electric bass, and Homero Cerón on steel pans, the night’s music is planned to be delightful, dynamic and different.

“We will include three Beatles songs from their 1965 Rubber Soul album and I will play short preludes to each selection. These preludes are from the Masters: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Schumann and Schubert,” Cerón said.

One show: Friday, August 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets $15

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