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Valley resorts offering 'staycation' deals over Labor Day weekend

If you're looking for a bargain "staycation" for Labor Day weekend, you should be able to find one in the Valley.

Vice President of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association Kristin Jarnagin said that because kids are back in school and families are busy, hotels need to offer deals to fill rooms on the last holiday weekend of the summer.

"It's totally on-par for what we've seen for the last couple of summers," she said. "Hotels will be busy, but not as busy as they were during the peak of summer. It's a great opportunity to get out. You don't have to deal with the crowds too much and you get some great values."

You can end the summer with a splash at a lot of places. The Wigwam Resort has a "Pick your Perk" end-of-summer package, which includes a $79 room rate per night and golf and restaurant discounts.

The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass has a "You Stay We Pay" deal for $149 per night that includes $200 in food and spa credits.

The Montelucia has a "Last Chance Summer Spa Package" that includes a room and two spa treatments starting at $250 per night.

Jarnagin said there are more details out there.

"Labor Day is the last weekend that they'll have live fireworks at the Fairmount Scottsdale Princess. You should definitely check that out," she said. "It's also the last time you'll be able to get the 25th anniversary special that the Phoenician has been offering all summer, where every other night is $25. You probably won't see that again in the next decade."

Jarnagin said other hotels are offering packages of between $99 and $129 a night.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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