Wednesday, March 22

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Cooler, a baby black-backed jackal visits GMAZ. Cooler, a baby black-backed jackal visits GMAZ.

Jackal pup makes its debut on Good Morning Arizona

We get a visit from Wildlife World Zoo and a new furry addition. The Black-Backed Jackal pup is Africa's version of the coyote. 

Black-Backed Jackal Fun Facts:

  • Found in Africa
  • Gets its name because as adults it fur turns black on its back
  • Africa's version of the coyote      
  • They are omnivores and scavengers that will typically eat just about anything. 
  • Some examples would be small mammals, birds, and reptiles. 
  • Weigh between 20-30lbs when full grown    
  • Jackals are very noisy. They communicate with each other with a screaming yell or a siren-like howl. 
  • They are generally found in packs of 10-30 jackals 
  • Jackals are very territorial and monogamous.
  • 60-day gestational period
  • Litter size is 1-9 pups
  • Weaned at about 2 months and hunting on their own at about 6 months 
  • Pups disperse at one year of age, though some will remain in their natal territories to assist their parents in raising the next generation of pups.                                      
  • The average lifespan in the wild is seven years, though captive specimens can live twice as long.                                                    
  • Their biggest threats are humans because they are hunted for their fur and because they hunt livestock 

The Wildlife World Zoo is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave. in Litchfield Park.
For more information on all the zoo's exciting attractions and events, call 623-935-WILD or check out their website  

Jaime's Local Love: Pleasant Harbor Marina 

Jaime goes sailing with a guy who loved the water so much he figured out a way to make money sailing on Lake Pleasant.

Go Sail Arizona began in April of 2012. Captain Clint's primary objective is to introduce sailing with a new image promoting affordability, safety, practicality, and continued education in both Arizona and Southern California.

Go Sail Arizona is one of the many American Sailing Association ("ASA") affiliate schools located around the world teaching people how to sail. The ASA is the preeminent sailing instruction organization in the world. ASA certificate holders can charter boats throughout the world with their certifications. Go Sail Arizona pays careful attention to your specific strengths and weaknesses so that when you are on the high seas on your own, you are equipped with the skills to take you where you want to go. Through our sailing program, the ASA will help you learn to sail safely and confidently. ASA Certified Students can go from basic lessons to advanced sailing courses, earning certifications that are recognized around the world.

Go Sail Arizona teaches many of those advanced courses. Go Sail Arizona teaches Basic Keel Boat 101, Basic Coastal Cruising 103, Bareboat Cruising 104 and Coastal Navigation 105.

For more information, visit:

8708 W Harbor Blvd.
Peoria, AZ 85383

Phoenix Magazine: Best Spa Deals

In this issue of Phoenix Magazine features A Valley Spa Guide, including on the list are the five best spa deals.

One of the best deals: The Spa at Talking Stick. Named one of the top 100 spas in North America by Unbeatable 14th story views and seasonal specials.

Other great deals: 
$80 50-minute massage at Fuchsia day spa.
$117 massage + $15 waxing at Village Health Clubs & Spas.

Spa guide also includes trends, quickie spa services and our favorite resort spas.

To read more about the best spa deals:

For additional information on The Spa at Talking Stick visit:
The Spa at Talking Stick
9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480-850-4065

Donate Life Arizona celebrates Donate Life Day at the Capitol to honor Arizona heroes.

On March 22 from 8 3 p.m. on the House of Representatives Lawn (1700 W. Washington St. in Phoenix), Donate Life Arizona will celebrate Donate Life Day at the Capitol to honor Arizona heroes who gave the gift of life, to celebrate the renewed health of those touched by donation and to register new donors.

Symbolic displays, including the Garden of Life, will decorate the Lawn. This tribute features the names and photos of more than 100 Arizonans touched by donation, standing in honor of those who gave the gift of life and celebrating the renewed health of those saved and healed through donation. Amongst the heroes to be honored is Marissa "Roo" Pummill.  

Roo was bright and compassionate. She dedicated her time to helping others and volunteering at animal shelters, where she met and adopted a puppy whom she named Ozzie. The pair became inseparable. 
Unfortunately, Roo passed away in October 2014.  She was 21. A registered organ and tissue donor, Roo saved six lives and healed dozens more. 

To honor her daughter's legacy, Kellye had Ozzie certified as a therapy dog and, together, they work with autistic children. "Roo's passing continues to be devastating, but working with Ozzie allows me to feel close to her and keep her memory alive", says Kellye.  Both will be at the event.
Nationally, more than 119,000 people are waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Of them, more than 2,300 live in Arizona.  

Arizonans can sign up as organ and tissue donors when they apply for or renew their driver's license or ID at the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD). They can also register online at 

Liberty Station opens with neighborhood comfort food

Located at Scottsdale Rd & Carefree Highway, the Valley's newest BBQ restaurant features Texas brisket, Carolina pork shoulder, St. Louis spare ribs, along with vegan gnocchi and gluten free sandwiches. 

Some menu standouts include:

  • Tavern Mac & Cheese with cheddar cream, bacon breadcrumbs and Pasilla chiles, $10
  • Piggy Wings, grilled pork shank with sticky BBQ sauce, $9 (shared appetizer).
  • Liberty Chopped Salad, w/white balsamic dressing, roasted butternut squash, pomegranate seeds and pepitas, $8
  • Boston Lobster Roll with lemon aioli and celery on a brioche roll, $18 (lunch menu).
  • All American Chicago Hot Dog with mustard, tomato, onion, house relish and sport peppers, $8 (lunch menu).
  • Chopped Brisket Grilled Cheese with smoky cheddar cheese, pepper jack cheese and a grilled tomato, $12 (lunch menu).
  • New England Clam Boil with Littleneck clams, rock shrimp, new potatoes, corn and hot link sausage, $24 (dinner menu).
  • Kobe Meatloaf with shoestring onions, ketchup vinegar glaze and mashed potatoes, $17 (dinner menu).

The smoker will create tender and mouth-watering Texas brisket, Carolina pork shoulder, St. Louis spare ribs, Jidori chicken, turkey breast, seasonal squash, hot links and beef ribs.

Vegans and vegetarians will find tantalizing options at Liberty Station including a vegan gnocchi with smoked squash, roasted bell peppers, fried sage and roasted mushrooms, $17 (dinner menu) or the vegan pulled Portobello sandwich on Udi's bread. Many salads can be prepared vegan or vegetarian as well. In addition, Liberty Station offers more than 20 gluten free options on the menu.

Liberty Station is open daily for lunch at 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Dinner service begins at 5:00 p.m. nightly. Happy Hour is offered at the bar Monday Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

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Liberty Station American Tavern & Smokehouse
34522 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste. 180
Scottsdale, AZ 85266
(480) 595-9930

'The Human Calculator' tests our GMAZ anchors 

Scott Flansburg, known as The Human Calculator, has his own show on the History Channel, his own app and will be performing at Mesa Community College Wednesday at 11:30am at the Clock Tower.

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To download the humancalculator app visit:

Tara at the Movies: Chips

Tara Hitchcock sits down with the cast of the new movie "Chips."
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Cardinals cheerleaders hosting auditions

There will be two prep classes before Saturday's auditions. 

Prep Class Information-
Dates: March 28 and April 4
Time: 6:30-9:00pm
Location: Arizona Cardinals Training Facility, 8701 S. Hardy Dr., Tempe, AZ 85284 

Audition Information- 
Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the University of Phoenix Stadium 

For more information, visit

Urgent need for blood donations

Over the last few months, there has been an urgent need for blood donations. United Blood Services issued a statement in January expressing a dire need to replenish their stock. This ongoing issue can make a difference that saves lives as medical centers are always in need of donations to provide the best possible care for their patients

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