Facial recognition training, technology key in arresting Goodyear resident

PHOENIX – A Goodyear resident who used stolen identities to obtain Arizona commercial driver licenses, open a business and purchase a home was arrested thanks to Arizona Department of Transportation detectives’ use of facial recognition training and technology.

When Jose Casas, 41, visited a Motor Vehicle Division office Dec. 6 to renew his commercial driver license, the system found that his photo closely resembled two others in ADOT’s database. ADOT detectives with FBI training in facial recognition determined that all three of the photos were of Casas.

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Corporation Commission will be holding six public comment forums to hear outstanding issues, complaints, and input from customers of Johnson Utilities over two days, February 20 and 21, in San Tan Valley, Arizona. These public comment forums give customers the opportunity to have their voices heard by Commissioners.

Johnson Utilities filed a rate application on December 29, 2017, asking the Corporation Commission to increase its rates for water and wastewater utility services in Pinal County, Arizona. A copy of the rate application, along with all documents related to the application, may be found in the Corporation Commission’s online docket center. Visit http://edocket.azcc.gov and search Docket number WS-02987A-17-0392.

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PHOENIX — A draft document that summarizes the scoping process for the Pinto Valley Mine Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and also outlines key issues for analysis is available online at http://www.pintovalleymineeis.us/public.html.

Entitled “Draft-Final Scoping and Issues Report”, the 216-page document includes seven sections ranging from a project overview to a summary of future steps in the process.

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PHOENIX — A draft document that summarizes the scoping process for the Pinto Valley Mine Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and also outlines key issues for analysis is available online at http://www.pintovalleymineeis.us/public.html.

Entitled “Draft-Final Scoping and Issues Report”, the 216-page document includes seven sections ranging from a project overview to a summary of future steps in the process.

According to the Tonto National Forest’s Judd Sampson, the Forest Service uses the results of scoping to identify alternative components that might resolve the resource conflicts identified in the issues section of the report. Sampson is the Forest Service’s project manager for the Pinto Valley Mine EIS.

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At 170 feet long, 169,000 pounds, the girders will support traffic crossing Salt River

The Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, already the largest single highway project in Arizona history, now has the longest bridge girders of their type in the state.

As long as a 17-story building and each weighing as much as 14 elephants, 94 extra-long single span girders have already been placed on two bridge structures (northbound and southbound) that will carry traffic over the Salt River when the South Mountain Freeway opens by late 2019.

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Air Yuma provides instant access to real-time outdoor air quality information

PHOENIX – Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) officials have announced the launch of Air Yuma, a free mobile app to help Yuma area residents, visitors, caregivers, healthcare providers, parents and teachers protect their health and learn simple actions they can take to improve the quality of our air. Air Yuma keeps users informed about regional outdoor air quality conditions and how unhealthy air can affect how we live and breathe. The app gives users instant access to real-time outdoor air quality information as easy to understand as weather forecasts.

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