__________________________________ February 23- Average retail gasoline prices in Arizona have risen 9.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.23/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,269 gas outlets in Arizona. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.29/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. Including the change in gas prices in Arizona during the past week, prices yesterday were 104.1 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 34.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 26.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 111.5 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago. “The seasonal lift in gasoline prices remains well underway across the country, with the West Coast seeing the most excruciating rate of price increases," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy. “Not only is the national average up some 27 cents per gallon versus last month, but some areas- like California- are seeing extra hits at the pump as a refinery explosion and seasonal gasoline requirements leading to a home run- and not for the home team," DeHaan said.California easily won the "home run" contest, with gasoline prices rising over an average of 15c/gal in the last week alone. Following close behind was Nevada, up over 11c/gal, Delaware, up 11c/gal, as well as other West Coast states Oregon and Washington- up 10c/gal, while Arizona was in the running for a double digit increase as well. And those along the West Coast should be prepared for another rocky week, according to DeHaan, who said prices in California will rise at least another 15-25c/gal over the next two weeks while Oregon, Washington, and Arizona will see similar spikes. Meanwhile, nearby the West Coast, the Rocky Mountain region- home to the only two remaining states enjoying sub $2/gal averages- enjoyed the nation's lowest gasoline prices. Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming had the cheapest averages in the United States, with South Carolina taking the fifth spot. But if past history is any guide, motorists may see price increases slowing down- last year, the national average increased just 13c/gal between February 23 and March 23, a much smaller increase than what motorists have seen during the last month.About GasBuddy.comGasBuddy is the premiere source for real-time local gas prices. Founded in 2000, GasBuddy.com developed as an initiative to provide consumers access to local, current gas prices. Through the GasBuddy.com website and the free GasBuddy mobile app, users can find and share gas prices with fellow drivers, saving big money at the pump.
The City of Prescott is sponsoring display of The Traveling Vietnam Wall from March 19 through March 22, 2015, near Dillard’s at The Gateway Mall, off Highway 69 in Prescott.
Sedona Film Festival 201 There are a lot of traditions at the Sedona International Film Festival, and one of them is inviting Executive Director of the fest, Patrick Schweiss, to come speak to an Osher Lifelong Learning, (OLLI) Lunch and Learn. The tradition happened again this year at Patrick this Wednesday to give folks a sneak peek at what’s coming up at the fest. Funny and upbeat as always, Patrick teased the audience, who were mostly 65+, about getting out of work today to come hear him speak. Then he quickly quipped, “Yeah – 20 years ago!” giving all a good laugh. Patrick made a point to champion indie film and filmmakers in general, and shared which celebrities would be attending. Patrick also shared how film festivals can make a difference in unexpected ways. Last year SIFF screened “Waiting for Mamu” produced by Susan Sarandon. Sarandon has a goal to produce 10 films in five years that make a difference. “Waiting for Mamu” a documentary about Pushpa Basnet, was the first of those films. Basnet, (28 at the time the documentary was shot), is a women from Nepa and the “Mamu” of the film. In Nepal, if a parent goes to prison, the children usually go with them. There is no outside care for them. Pushpa has rescued more than 150 children from the floors of the prisons. She pays the rent on a house for the children, (called “The Butterfly House”), gives them food, clothes and education. In 2012 she was CNN’s Hero of the Year. After the film screened, one of the sponsors of the SIFF was moved by the story. David Neishabori, a Scottsdale-based philanthropist and owner of AZADI Fine Rugs, donated a year’s rent to Pushpa for The Butterfly House. Audience members were also moved by the film and, in the space of 24 hours, raised an additional $38,000 for The Butterfly House. According to Patrick, money for the project is still coming in. This year the film festival is screening 163 films from February 21st – March 1st. Though the festival will bring celebrities to the fest, Patrick stressed that the festival works to “celebrate independent film.” And, “If you make an indie film, you are bringing your art and vision to the screen.” If the film is not picked up for distribution, that filmmaker may lose all their money. He urged attendees to watch for the filmmakers badges, and, when they see them to thank them for being their and sharing their films. Some of the highlights this year, along with a fantastic roster of films, will be: Ed Asner will duplicate his appearance with famed director Mark Rydell at last year’s Prescott Film Festival with their two man paly, “Oxymorons.” Asner will also do his one-man show, “FDR” on February 22nd. There will be a retrospective of Richard Dreyfuss films, including The Goodbye Girl, American Graffiti and his favorite film, Mr. Holland’s Opus. Mr. Dreyfuss is scheduled to be at all the screenings for a Q&A. There will also be a retrospective of Orson Wells film, as this year would be his 100th birthday. Mr. Wells daughter, Ms. Beatrice Wells, will be at the screenings for Q&A’s. Ms. Wells is dedicated to attending, despite the fact that she is bedridden with hip problems. She is so determined to be there that she will have a hospital bed brought on stage so she can participate. Ms. Wells ahs hand-picked the films she wants to show because of their back stories. Among them are “Touch of Evil” “Othello” the way Mr. Wells wanted it done. Two documentaries will be shown on the subject of Mr. Wells and his films: “The Battle Over Citizen Kane” (followed later in the festival by a screening of “Citizen Kane” and “The Making of the Other Side of the Wind.” For this show, Pat McMahon is scheduled to attend also. Yes, for all you AZ natives, “that” wonderful Pat McMahon of “Wallace and Ladmo” fame. He is in the film. “The Other Side of the Wind” is the last film Mr. Wells ever did, and it has never been released. It is scheduled to complete post-production in time for this years Cannes Film Festival, where it will have it’s world premier, May 6th, 2015. That would have been the 100th birthday of Orson Wells. The full program and list of films is on their website at http://www.sedonafilmfestival.org/. Here's an interview with Patrick Schweiss from 2013.
Efforts Underway to Rescue 20 NAU Staff and Students near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon