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2022 Southern Arizona high school football spotlight: CDO Dorados
4A Kino: Canyon del Oro2021 record: 7-5 overall, 3-1 4A Kino (second)2022 record: 1-0Head coach: Dustin Peace, 96-47, 14th season at CDO and overall. Peace is a former Flowing Wells and NAU standout who led the Dorados to the 2009 state championship with a team that had Ka’Deem Carey, Jared Tevis and Josh Robbins. The Dorados went 14-0 that year and then 13-1 the following year, losing only to Sc...
4A Kino: Canyon del Oro
2021 record: 7-5 overall, 3-1 4A Kino (second)
2022 record: 1-0
Head coach: Dustin Peace, 96-47, 14th season at CDO and overall. Peace is a former Flowing Wells and NAU standout who led the Dorados to the 2009 state championship with a team that had Ka’Deem Carey, Jared Tevis and Josh Robbins. The Dorados went 14-0 that year and then 13-1 the following year, losing only to Scottsdale Saguaro in the state championship game.
Notes: CDO is coming a season with only eight seniors on the roster, which means the Dorados have one of the largest group of returners in the state, The Dorados have 23 seniors and at least eight juniors who figure to be key contributors for 14-year coach Dustin Peace. One of the juniors is high-profile lineman Sa’Kylee Woodard, who has been offered a scholarship by Arizona. .. Peace’s tenure is the longest in school history, topping the 10 years of Art Mangels and Rick Werbylo. Peace is only four wins shy of reaching 100 career victories. He is at 96-47 in his 14th year, all at CDO. … RB Kayden Luke produced 808 rushing yards last season on 119 carries in only seven games after becoming eligible following his transfer from Ironwood Ridge. Another top running back from Ironwood Ridge — Jordan Thomas — must start his senior year in the sixth week of the season per transfer rules. … CDO is playing mostly a Southern Arizona schedule with the exception of a game against St. Mary’s at Phoenix College on Sept. 30. St. Mary’s went 8-4 last year with a loss in the state quarterfinals against Casa Grande, which went on to win the state title.
Keep an eye out for: S Chance Cassel, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound junior who might not get as much publicity as former Oro Valley Dolphins teammates Sa’Kylee Woodard and Kayden Luke and also Pusch Ridge quarterback Bubba Mustain but he is a talent in the making after transferring from Ironwood Ridge last year.
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District
Monsoon storms cause damage to neighborhoods in Tucson
Copy This Embed Code: Ad During monsoon storms leaky ceilings, flooded homes and fallen trees are common—and the home repairs to fix them might take longer than expected.“It just started cats and dogs pouring,” said Oro Valley homeowner, Stephen Zimmerman.The heavy rain took out part of his tree with branches landing in the driveway.“With all the wind and the rain, I never heard the tree break,” said Stephen’s wife, Leanna Zimmerman.“We didn’t discover ...
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During monsoon storms leaky ceilings, flooded homes and fallen trees are common—and the home repairs to fix them might take longer than expected.
“It just started cats and dogs pouring,” said Oro Valley homeowner, Stephen Zimmerman.
The heavy rain took out part of his tree with branches landing in the driveway.
“With all the wind and the rain, I never heard the tree break,” said Stephen’s wife, Leanna Zimmerman.
“We didn’t discover that until we came over—the storm was over within an hour it was just there and then it was gone,” she added.
Along with the tree damage, the Oro Valley homeowners added a leaky ceiling to their list of monsoon damage.
“Our garage has sheet rock on the ceiling and so it was just coming down really hard and we have five buckets picking it up,” said Leanna.
Flooding is another issue.
“If the porch floods and it gets up high enough, then his office floods and of course that has his desk and his bookshelves,” Leanna said.
The Zimmermans said they called 16 different contracting companies trying to fix some of the damage.
“Every one of them said they were just weeks backed out and that was even just to get someone to look at it and it would be even further out to get the work done. One of the people I talked to said like the first week of October,” said Stephen.
Tree removal was estimated to cost around $400 to $800.
The couple found an alternative.
“The landscapers are all booked and of course there’s trees down everywhere and so he was able to move some of it out of the way and the zoo was actually going to take about a week, they said they would take this for their elephants,” Leanna said.
Sand and sand bags have been delivered! Be prepared ahead of the forecasted storms this weekend. Come fill sandbags in the east parking lot of Hi Corbett Field at Reid Park, bring your own shovel! pic.twitter.com/jFgdyV49zn— Tucson Department of Transportation & Mobility (@Tucson_DTM) June 16, 2022
With continued strong winds and heavy rain, the Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility will have sandbags available at Hi Corbett Field at Reid Park.
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BEAR SIGHTING: Arizona Game and Fish trying to locate bear in Oro Valley
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A warning out for folks who live in Oro Valley: Arizona Game and Fish says a bear has been spotted several times in the area, including right on people’s doorsteps.They’re working to find the bear so they can relocate it, but they need your help.Wednesday, the bear was spotted in a neighborhood off of Oracle and Ina.Jerry Quesnel lives in the area.“We were surprised, taken back, shocked, because nobody expects to have a bear walk across their porch in Tucson,”...
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A warning out for folks who live in Oro Valley: Arizona Game and Fish says a bear has been spotted several times in the area, including right on people’s doorsteps.
They’re working to find the bear so they can relocate it, but they need your help.
Wednesday, the bear was spotted in a neighborhood off of Oracle and Ina.
Jerry Quesnel lives in the area.
“We were surprised, taken back, shocked, because nobody expects to have a bear walk across their porch in Tucson,” he said.
Quesnel couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw a bear walking just outside of his home in the middle of the day. He’s lived in the area for more than 30 years and he’s seen all kinds of wildlife, but never a bear.
In the video, the bear makes its way across the property. It passes a fruit tree and walks right up to the camera. Quesnel says it also visited several of his neighbors.
“Why was it here? it’s hot. there’s been plenty of rain so why isn’t it up in the mountains where they normally hang out?” he asked.
That’s what many people are asking. We saw a number of bear sightings back in May, but Arizona Game and Fish expected the bears to return to their natural habitat once monsoon hit.
“It is unusual, but if it’s a young bear it may be just separated from its mother and learning new territory. those bears typically get into more trouble than not when they’re wondering about,” Mark Hart said.
Hart says there’s a possibility this bear could be the same one that was spotted at Fort Lowell Park in May. He estimates that it’s a two to three year old black bear.
“He hasn’t done anything dangerous per se, he hasn’t menaced anyone or stood on his hind legs, huffed or done any of the tell tale signs of an immanent attack. It’s just looking for resources and probably learned from its last time in Tucson that there are food sources to be had,” he said.
Hart says the bear hasn’t shown that it’s dangerous yet, but wild animals are unpredictable. Game and Fish is asking people in the area to do what they can to keep the bear away from their homes.
″Make sure you’ve left no pet food outside. Then if you have fruit fallen trees, pick it up. Take down your bird feeder, even take down your hummingbird feeders cause bears love hummingbird nectar,” he said.
And if you have trash pick up, don’t put your trashcans out for pickup until the day of.
Right now, Game and Fish’s goal is to locate the bear so they can tranquilize it and move it out of the area.
They are asking for the public’s help. If you see the bear, you’re asked to call them as soon as possible at 623-236-7201.
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Former Sears store on Tucson's east side sold for $12M
The former Sears store, adjacent to Park Place, has been bought by Phoenix investors for redevelopment.Park Place Partnership LLC bought the 218,829-square-foot property at 5950 E. Broadway for $12 million, records from the Pima County Recorder’s Office show.The property has one tenant, Round One Entertainment Inc., a bowling, arcade and entertainment venue that occupies about 50,000 square feet in the main building’s ground floor and basement....
The former Sears store, adjacent to Park Place, has been bought by Phoenix investors for redevelopment.
Park Place Partnership LLC bought the 218,829-square-foot property at 5950 E. Broadway for $12 million, records from the Pima County Recorder’s Office show.
The property has one tenant, Round One Entertainment Inc., a bowling, arcade and entertainment venue that occupies about 50,000 square feet in the main building’s ground floor and basement.
The detached auto pad, at 14,000 square feet, remains vacant.
A representative for the buyers said they are working on a development plan and look forward to making an announcement in the near future.
The property has more than 1,000 parking spaces.
CBRE’s Philip Voorhees, Jimmy Slusher, Nancy McClure and Trent Steeves represented the seller, Seritage Growth Partners.
The company announced the store’s closure in 2018, then in 2020 closed the Sears at Tucson Mall.
Other local real estate transactions include:
Diamond Ventures Inc. bought 43 acres of land near Old Vail and Houghton roads for $4.3 million. Scott Soelter, with NAI Horizon, represented the seller.
MP Cortaro LLC bought 93,654 square feet of land on the northeast corner of Cortaro Road and Interstate 10 for $1 million to develop a hotel. Brenna Lacey and Jeramy Price, with Volk Co., and Chuck Wells, with Kidder Mathews, represented the seller, Cortaro Commercial JV LLC.
Cayomango LLC leased 5,750 square feet at 2303 E. Valencia Road to open a Mexican restaurant and bar. Jeramy Price and Andreas Castillo, with Volk Co., represented the landlord, M&L Castro Investments LLC.
Antonio Rey Benitez and James Brendan Evans, doing business as Diamondz Lounge, leased 3,240 square feet at 3724-3728 S. 16th Ave. Joey Castillo, Andreas Castillo and Jeramy Price, with Volk Co., represented the landlord, Santa Cruz Plaza LLC and AAVRPARIZ LLC. The tenant was represented by Cameron Casey, of Oxford Realty Advisors.
Oro Valley Care LLC leased 2,590 square feet at 11015 N. Oracle Road for an urgent care center. Volk Co. represented the landlord, Steamy Shops LLC and White Toys LLC. The tenant was represented by Dave Carroll, of Romano Real Estate.
Freedom Park Martial Arts Academy LLC leased 1,200 square feet at Town Central Business Park, 4919 E. 29th St., from Pegasus Tucson Owner LLC. Paul Hooker and Andrew Keim, with Picor, represented the landlord.
Giant tortoise found and reunited with family thanks to Oro Valley community
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - We hear about missing dogs and cats all the time, but what about a missing 150-pound tortoise? That’s a new one!The tortoise’s owners spent their weekend looking everywhere for him, and they had a lot of help.A couple days ago, Elliot the tortoise made an escape through a gate at his home when the storms blew it open. His owners were worried about how he would survive in this extreme heat, but the Oro Valley community came together to bring Elliot home safely.“We were extr...
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - We hear about missing dogs and cats all the time, but what about a missing 150-pound tortoise? That’s a new one!
The tortoise’s owners spent their weekend looking everywhere for him, and they had a lot of help.
A couple days ago, Elliot the tortoise made an escape through a gate at his home when the storms blew it open. His owners were worried about how he would survive in this extreme heat, but the Oro Valley community came together to bring Elliot home safely.
“We were extremely lucky. We thought we may never see him again because he could’ve just kept going,” said Gary Iverson, Elliot’s owner.
The moment Cindy and Gary realized Elliot was gone, panic set in. They’ve had the 12-year-old African Sulcata since he was a baby. The couple did all they could to find him, but they weren’t alone in looking for this nomadic tortoise.
“The whole community just came together in terms of watching for him. We put up flyers, we put up pictures, stuff on people’s mailboxes. We actually saw a van driving around last night, really slow along with us, trying to find him. So, it was just an incredible outpour of people trying to help us out,” Gary Iverson said.
Even delivery drivers were on the lookout. But with the heat and the distance Elliot could travel, Gary and Cindy were worried they wouldn’t find him in time.
“We were worried about dehydration. We were worried about him staying in his own spot and not move because he starts to dehydrate from lack of energy and no food. One bad thing could lead to another, so we knew we only had a short amount of time to get to him for him to be okay,” he explained.
Monday morning, they got a call from one of their neighbors. Elliot made it about half a mile away from home before getting stuck at the back of a ten-acre ranch. He was hungry, thirsty, and had a run in with a cactus, but all in all he was in good shape.
“It really gives you a sense of community, of friendship and knowing that if this happened to somebody else, we would be right there with them as well, trying to help them out. Oro valley has a really strong community in trying to help each other,” Gary Iverson said.
So, it’s a happy ending to the story of the missing tortoise. To make sure Elliot doesn’t escape again, the owners are putting up reinforcements to protect the gate from monsoon storms.
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More flash flood warnings issued across Arizona; calmer, warmer weather ahead
Laura Daniella Sepulvedahttps://www.azcentral.com/story/weather/2022/08/20/flash-flood-warnings-issued-across-arizona-calmer-warmer-weather-ahead/7854755001/
Arizona could be seeing its last days of moisture and heavy storms for the month this weekend.National Weather Service in Phoenix officials said people can expect somewhat hot and dry weather looming as next week rolls around. A warming trend coming up for the next several days will allow residents to take a break from a recent period of high thunderstorm activity that has ...
Arizona could be seeing its last days of moisture and heavy storms for the month this weekend.
National Weather Service in Phoenix officials said people can expect somewhat hot and dry weather looming as next week rolls around. A warming trend coming up for the next several days will allow residents to take a break from a recent period of high thunderstorm activity that has swept across the state in the last few weeks.
Bianca Feldkircher, with the weather service in Phoenix, said Sunday will likely be the last day of heavy rainfall and flash flooding across the state, with the highest storm chances expected for the late afternoon into the evening.
Northern Arizona will become really active, bringing more storms, strong winds, and flash flood risks.
"We already have some storms popping up into the metro area, east Mesa, Golden Valley, and the higher terrains," Feldkircher said. "If you are planning any travel, make sure you look at the radar before you head out. After the storm passes, if you encounter flooded roadways, make sure to turn around."
Flash flood warnings were in place through Sunday evening for Maricopa, Coconino, Mohave, Gila, Pinal and Pima counties.
Heavy rain was expected to drain into the Santa Cruz River, likely bringing life-threatening flash flooding for several Tucson areas, including Oro Valley and Catalina State Park.
Other risk areas include the Telegraph and Bush fires burn scars, Alder Creek, Queen Creek, Grand Canyon Ranch, Bloody Tanks Wash, Miami, Claypool, Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, Kings Ranch and Gold Camp.
Warnings were expected to expire at 6:30 p.m. for Maricopa and Pinal, 6 p.m. for Coconino, and 7 p.m. for Mohave.
Somewhat cooler temperatures and scattered showers will likely stay around until Monday, Feldkircher said. Yet by Tuesday, temperatures are expected to climb back into the triple digits.
Highs are expected to linger around 100 degrees through the middle of the week, and could reach 103 on Friday and Saturday, Feldkircher said.
"(On Monday) there will still be some high terrain storms, but the impacts will be a lot lower than in the past few days," she said. "Next week will definitely be warmer. Temperatures in the lower 90s will definitely be left behind."
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5-star 2024 edge rusher Elijah Rushing to visit Arizona for Mississippi State game
Brian J. Pedersenhttps://www.azdesertswarm.com/football/2022/9/8/23341943/arizona-wildcats-football-recruiting-elijah-rushing-salpointe-tucson-visit-mississippi-state-2024
Arizona signed its best recruiting class in at least 15 years in the winter, including the highest-ranked prospect in school history in wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan. And while a few have been committed to the Wildcats at one point or another, they have still never signed a 5-star recruit.The groundwork to ended that drought could be laid on Saturday night during the home opener against Mississippi State, as Tucson product ...
Arizona signed its best recruiting class in at least 15 years in the winter, including the highest-ranked prospect in school history in wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan. And while a few have been committed to the Wildcats at one point or another, they have still never signed a 5-star recruit.
The groundwork to ended that drought could be laid on Saturday night during the home opener against Mississippi State, as Tucson product Elijah Rushing will be on hand at Arizona Stadium on an unofficial visit.
The 6-foot-6, 235-pound Rushing is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 15 player in the 2024 recruiting class, as well as the top edge and the No. 2 prospect in Arizona (trailing only top overall prospect Dylan Raiola, a quarterback from Chandler who’s committed to Ohio State).
Here’s what 247Sports’ Blair Angulo had to say about Rushing:
Long, high-upside frame with plus-plus wingspan. Tall in stature with major physical potential to add mass. Explosive edge rusher with impressive mobility. Flashes elite pass-rush ability with an array of moves. Shows great flexibility to bend and maneuver past blocks. Displays terrific hand usage to disengage while maintaining forward momentum. Attacks gaps with purpose and shows ability to counter. Could continue to add strength and improve in run support. Potential multi-year starter at elite Power Five level and projects as a Day 1 NFL Draft selection.
Rushing plays at nearby Salpointe Catholic—the same school that produced Texas running back Bijan Robinson and Ohio State defensive back Lathan Ransom, among others—where he had five tackles and 10 hurries in the Lancers’ season-opening loss at Scottsdale Chaparral. As a sophomore he had 75 tackles (nine for loss) and 7.5 sacks.
Arizona offered Rushing in March 2021, the first school to do so. Since then he’s picked up more than 30 offers, including many of the top programs in the country. He’s made unofficial visits to ASU, Florida, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee.
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Rushing won’t be the only local prospect attending Saturday’s game. Also taking an unofficial visit is 3-star 2024 offensive lineman Sa’Kylee Woodard, who plays at Canyon del Oro in Oro Valley.
Obituary: Mary E. Childs-Waterbury
Mary E. Childs-Waterbury1940 - 2022Mary Elizabeth Childs-Waterbury (Hinson)Mary Waterbury passed away July 19, 2022, at her home in Camp Verde, Arizona, while in the loving and caring presence of her daughter and son-in-law.Mary was born October 21, 1940, in Butler, Missouri, to Howard and Elizabeth (Betty Sheppard) Hinson.She attended elementary school in Butler until January 1949, when her family moved to Prescott, Arizona. There, she attended Washington and Miller Valley Elementary Schools, and Prescott ...
Mary E. Childs-Waterbury
1940 - 2022
Mary Elizabeth Childs-Waterbury (Hinson)
Mary Waterbury passed away July 19, 2022, at her home in Camp Verde, Arizona, while in the loving and caring presence of her daughter and son-in-law.
Mary was born October 21, 1940, in Butler, Missouri, to Howard and Elizabeth (Betty Sheppard) Hinson.
She attended elementary school in Butler until January 1949, when her family moved to Prescott, Arizona. There, she attended Washington and Miller Valley Elementary Schools, and Prescott Junior and Senior High Schools, graduating with the Class of 1958.
She attended Cal Western College in San Diego, California, then transferred to the University of Arizona where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree.
In December 1961 she married Dr. Barney Childs in Yarnell, Arizona. They resided in Tucson, Arizona, where their daughter Margaret was born in 1963.
The family lived briefly near Bishop, California.
Barney, a music composer and Professor of Music Composition, serving as Headmaster, and Mary as Headmistress at Deep Springs College.
After returning to live in Tucson, Mary and Barney divorced. Raising her daughter as a single mother, Mary returned to live in Prescott, where she worked in the Library at the original Prescott College. Later she relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah, where she was employed by the University of Utah. She remained in Salt Lake City until Margaret became an adult and was married. While in Utah, Mary used her artistic talents to gain employment in the field of architectural drafting.
She moved to Encinitas, California, in the early 1980s and continued to work in that field, finding herself at the leading edge of the development of Computer Assisted Design and Drafting.
In California, Mary participated in a new religious movement known as Eckankar, and through this association met her future husband, Cameron Waterbury.
Mary returned to Prescott in 1988 and continued her drafting work, gaining employment with the engineering company Clacomb-Rockwell in Prescott Valley.
She also began assisting her father with bookkeeping and accounting in his business enterprises. She continued her lifelong interest in education by pursuing and earning a Master’s Degree in Art History from the current incarnation of Prescott College, using her knowledge and credentials she instructed Art History classes at Yavapai College.
In 1998 she and Cameron were married, and she then lived with him in his Camp Verde, Arizona, home, until his passing in 2016. She continued to express herself artistically through painting pictures of a variety
Mary had a quiet, calming, sweet, and loving spirit. She enjoyed remarkable good health until her final travails of the past few years.
She is predeceased by her parents, and her husband Cameron Waterbury. Survivors are her maternal Aunt, Sally Huskey of Iola, Kansas; siblings, Barbara McFarlin (Robert) of Washougal, Washington; Howard Hinson, Jr. (Nancy) of Prescott, Arizona; and Michael Hinson (Melinda) of Oro Valley, Arizona; and daughter Maggie (Kyle) Oliver.
Mary’s ashes were spread at a family gathering along the Oregon Coast August 7, 2022.
No further services are planned.
Arizona Game and Fish change their approach for relocating bear in Oro Valley
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Friday marks the third day in a row that a bear has been spotted near homes in Oro Valley.Arizona Game and Fish officials have not been able to track it down.It was first seen Wednesday at a home near Ina and Oracle roads. Then yesterday, it was spotted near Oracle and Linda Vista, more than three miles away. On Friday, it was spotted twice. The bear was at River and Campbell around 7:30 a.m. It made its way back to Ina and Oracle about an hour later.Game and Fish says this bear is simply m...
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Friday marks the third day in a row that a bear has been spotted near homes in Oro Valley.
Arizona Game and Fish officials have not been able to track it down.
It was first seen Wednesday at a home near Ina and Oracle roads. Then yesterday, it was spotted near Oracle and Linda Vista, more than three miles away. On Friday, it was spotted twice. The bear was at River and Campbell around 7:30 a.m. It made its way back to Ina and Oracle about an hour later.
Game and Fish says this bear is simply moving too fast, so they’re changing their approach.
“My wife saw the bear truck through our yard, right through this area here and head across the street,” Oro Valley resident Dan Washuk said.
His wife then followed the bear at a safe distance. When she saw it climb over their neighbor’s fence, she warned her neighbors that there was a bear in their backyard.
“We’ve been looking around when we go outside. I thought it might try to get into our garbage,” he said.
Arizona Game and Fish officials say the bear is going after garbage, and with trash pick-up day in parts of Oro Valley, it had a lot to choose from.
Game and Fish says the bear is constantly on the move, which is why it’s been nearly impossible for them to track down.
“We’re monitoring its movement and behavior, but unless it goes near a school, we’re not going to chase it anymore. Our hope is that it will be treed by a dog or somehow get confined in a backyard. We have to get within 30 yards to safely dart it,” Mark Hart said.
Hart says the bear still hasn’t done anything dangerous yet, but that could change. So if you see the bear in person, here’s what you should do:
“Stand your ground, wave your arms, yell, throw objects you may have on hand like a keychain, a backpack and try to get that bear to scare off,” he explained.
Hart says if they’re able to tranquilize the bear safely, one of the biggest challenges will be relocating it far enough away where it won’t come back and pick up where it left off.
The best-case scenario is that the bear will go back up the mountain on its own, but Game and Fish is doubtful that will happen because the bear has discovered trash as a reliable food source. So, a good reminder not to leave your trash out for pick up until the day of.
If you see the bear, you’re asked to call Game and Fish as soon as possible at 623-236-7201.
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