August 2013

National Park Service Employee Hospitalized After Attack

BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — A 60-year-old National Park Service employee was critically injured in an apparent assault in southeastern Arizona, and her government-owned truck was later found in a border town about 40 miles away, authorities said Thursday.

Karen Gonzales, a uniformed maintenance worker with the Park Service and a longtime seasonal employee, was found unconscious Wednesday afternoon in a picnic area restroom at Chiricahua National Monument.

Department Of Justice Decision Could Protect Ariz. Medical Marijuana Law

The Department of Justice says it will not try to void laws legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, even though possession of pot remains a felony under federal law. The only caveat is that the two states must protect against marijuana abuse. The decision could give Arizona's medical marijuana law some added protection but it will not halt an effort by Attorney General Tom Horne and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery to have a court declare the state law illegal.

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