Piestewa 'Makeover' Home Tally
The home was built outside of Flagstaff. AZ for the family of Lori Piestewa, the Hopi/Hispanic soldier from Tuba City who was killed in Iraq two years ago. She was the first Native American woman to be killed in combat.
More than 17.8 million viewers saw the May 22nd ABC broadcast “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” which showed crews building the home and the Piestewa family seeing it for the first time.
While it was gratifying for the workers, Shea officials say it was challenging to choreograph the round-the-clock building blitz of the 18-room house with its wind turbine, three fireplaces and energy-generating panels.
Bill Inglis, Shea VP said the modern-day home raising involved 2,000 workers who tallied 25,000 hours of labor, consumed 70 gallons of coffee, 160 pounds of lunchmeat and 170 loaves of bread.
They got it done safely despite winds that gusted to 30 mph and overnight temperatures in the 20’s. Workers only needed seven bandages and one icepack from the first aid kit.
Ingles added that about 130 subcontractors, suppliers and vendors contributed to the project. Here is what it took to build the Piestewa home in 97½ hours:
235,000 nails -
47,500 board feet of lumber -
6,000 square feet of stone for the home and landscaping -
2,000 people working 25,500 hours in four days -
750 sheets of wood-material panels -
72 electricians installing three miles of electrical wire plus nearly four miles of wiring for the Internet, home security and sound system -
One wind turbine, plus solar panels, which will provide 80 percent of the home’s electrical demand and recycled water and storm runoff will be used for irrigation.
The Piestwea family is moving some 75 miles southwest from a mobile home in Tuba City to a six-acre property northeast of the San Francisco Peaks, which the Hopis call “Nuvatukaovi” or the ‘place of snow on the very top”.
This story has been edited for length and content from an article in the May 30th edition of The Arizona Republic
bylined Peter Corbett.
Submitted by Leslie Watson
The Red Planet is about to be spectacular! This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history.
The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287. Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth in the Last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as 60,000 years before it happens again.
The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky. It will attain a magnitude of -2.9 and will appear 25.11 arc seconds wide. At a modest 75-power magnification
Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. Mars will be easy to spot. At the beginning of August it will rise in the east at 10p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m.
By the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30a.m.
That's pretty convenient to see something that no human being has seen in recorded history. So, mark your calendar at the beginning of August to see Mars grow progressively brighter and brighter throughout the month.
Share this with your children and grandchildren as no one alive now will live to see this occurence again.
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