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SCWA Car Wash Tour
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SCWA Car Wash Tour in Colorado Springs yesterday was successful with more the 150 attendees. Details and pictures on the SCWA Facebook and website in the next few days.

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Waggin' Tails Canine Rescue Raises Over $800 at Kwik Car Wash's Dog Day's of Summer' Event
Kwik Car Wash
Tails were wagging and soap suds were flying last Saturday as Kwik Car Wash teamed up with Heritage Pet’s mobile dog grooming service in an effort to raise funds for Waggin’ Tails Canine Rescue. This year, more than thirty dogs were washed, five dogs were adopted, and over $800 was raised at the fourth annual “Dog Days of Summer’ event. Kwik Car Wash donated 50 percent of all car wash sales to the cause, while Heritage Pet offered free dog washes with all tips going to Waggin’ Tails Canine Rescue as well. Coldstone Creamery provided cool treats for the human customers and Kimberly Schlichting of Through Your Eyes Photography was on site capturing all the special moments of the day.
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Auto sales expected to keep rolling along
USA Today
With July new vehicle sales expected to come in at an annual rate above 17 million for the third straight month , most economic signals show that the boom times have another year, possibly 18 months, to run, analysts and economists said. The perfect potion of easy credit, falling gas prices and pentup demand keeps showroom traffic flowing steadily. Yet last week consulting firm IHS Automotive released a survey that even after six years of rising sales, the average car on U.S. roads is a record 11.5 years old.
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City proposes code amendment for local carwash upgrades
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
The South Padre Island Development Standards Review Task Force (DSRTF) recently met to discuss the development of Isle Wash located in South Padre Island, according to the Port Isabel-South Padre Press. The carwash’s owners Gerald and Susan Sher currently operate the facility, which is nonconforming under the Form-Based Code since “auto-related sales or service establishments are not currently allowed within the Town Center Crossing Character Zone,” the article stated. However in operation before the establishment of the Form-Based Code, Isle Wash is grandfathered in, allowing for the nonconformity, the article reported.
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Colorado farmers grow more food on less water
Journal- Advocate
While farmers around him give up control over water used for a century to irrigate crops, Marc Arnusch is crouching in a thick cornfield inspecting blue digits on his new sensor. The third-generation Keenesburg farmer installed it to measure exactly the level of moisture in soil right at the roots of his corn. He's also considering underground tubes that emit water only upon contact by roots. This technology, made for farming in the Israeli desert, enables precision for applying only as much water as necessary to maximize production of sugar beets, onions and corn. Agriculture across Colorado and the West continues to use 85 percent of total water supplies. But growing numbers of farmers are shifting toward greater efficiency, replacing ditch-and-flood irrigation with center-pivot sprinklers and tubes that emit tiny drops.
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Google Street View cars will soon measure pollution
CNN
Google (GOOGL, Tech30) and a San Francisco-based startup called Aclima are trying to make that happen. Aclima has equipped Google's Street View cars with environmental sensors. Google drives the Street View cars around the streets of the world to collect data for Google Maps. With Aclima's technology along for the ride, these cars now have a second use: mapping urban air quality. Recently, Aclima announced a partnership with Google Earth Outreach as well as the Environmental Protection Agency. The plan is to expand air quality mapping efforts to the San Francisco Bay Area over the next year.
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Nasa satellite animation reveals record rainfall on the east side of the US while the west scorches
Daily Mail
The U.S. has seen a tale of two extremes this year. Severe drought plagues the West Coast, causing states like California to take serious measures for water conservation. Then, recently, Southern California got a deluge of rain that caused flooding, while in Texas, heavy rains and flash flooding this summer seem to have erased drought memories. Now, new views from Nasa satellites delve into the details of where the water is, or not, from the dry west to the soggy east.
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7-Eleven selling locations in 10 states
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
7-Eleven Inc. is selling 25 gas stations and convenience stores in 10 states, according to CSPnet.com. Locations, stated the article, include: one in Nevada, New York and South Carolina; two in Missouri and Florida; three in Colorado, Texas, Illinois and West Virginia; and six locations in Virginia. All the locations being sold are operational, reported the article, and 16 sites are c-stores with gasoline while the other nine sites being sold do not offer fuel.
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US factory activity dips; consumer spending cools
Reuters via Yahoo! Finance
U.S. factory activity slipped in July and consumer spending advanced at its slowest pace in four months in June, indicating the economy lost some momentum recently. But that could be temporary as automakers reported U.S. sales increased solidly last month after dipping in June, keeping the industry on track for its best year in a decade.
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Judge orders release of up to 1,700 illegal immigrant families in Texas
Breit Bart
A California court ruling could set free more than 1,700 women and children who are being held by the Department of Homeland Security in facilities in the town of Dilley and Karnes County, Texas. As of Monday, immigration judges were getting the word out to release these families, as part of a court decision in California that struck down the Obama administrations policy regarding the handling of Central American illegal immigrant families and unaccompanied minors.
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Carwash market update
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
In 2015, news about the U.S. unemployment rate, carwash sales and a growing U.S. economy, including increased momentum in retail sales and the housing market, continue in the right direction. An updated jobs report earlier this summer noted that the unemployment rate in this country fell to 5.3 percent, accounting for a seven-year low, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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On-demand valet app launches in Austin,Texas to ease parking woes
ABC
An on-demand valet app launched in Austin on recently, designed to make it easier for people to get a parking spot downtown. Luxe started in San Francisco in 2014 and has since spread to include seven cities across the country. Austin is currently the only city in Texas with the app available. After dropping a pin, users hit an option on their phone to request a valet. Within seconds, the app will show you when the request is received. Customers then have the option to add a car wash for $40 or fill up their gas tank for $7.99 plus the cost of gas.
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