November 2013

Arizona Home Sales Down 13 Percent

The latest home sales report released Tuesday morning by RealtyTrac, shows a 2 percent increase in annualized sales from October and a 13 percent hike in sales from October of last year, but Arizona bucked the national trend with a sales decline of 13 percent from a year earlier, according to RealtyTrac Vice President Daren Blomquist. And, he said investors are continuing to pull out of the Arizona market.

“Despite that pull-down in investor activity, home prices are continuing to go up even by double digits,” Blomquist said.

Sky Harbor Anticipates Holiday Vehicle Traffic

Nearly half a million people will pass through Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport over the next several days for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Weather may postpone or cancel some flights but airport officials say some of the biggest delays occur before the plane takes off and after it lands.

Automobile traffic on the ground is one of the biggest challenges for airport officials. All those hugs and goodbyes at the curb and last minute scrambles to unload luggage or pick up passengers with baggage cause backups outside the terminals. People tend to linger or want to wait for arrivals.

Weekend Storm Wreaks Havok On Parts Of The Southwest

A large storm slogged through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma on its way east ahead of Thanksgiving.

Flagstaff, Ariz., had 11 inches of snow from Thursday through Sunday morning. The city was expected to get another inch by the end of Sunday before the storm tapered off.

Metro Phoenix and other parts of central Arizona received between one and a half and two and a half inches of rain over the course of the storm. Bad weather canceled sporting events and parades and damaged the roofs of homes across Arizona.

Brewer Announces Funding For Veterans Cemetery

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Department of Veterans Services has been awarded $7.6 million in federal funds to establish a new state veterans' cemetery in Marana.

Gov. Jan Brewer announced the grant this week. She said it is fantastic news for southern Arizona veterans and advocates who have pushed for the cemetery for more than a decade.

The governor's office said Arizona is home to more than a half-million military veterans. That includes nearly 135,000 in Pima and surrounding counties.

Feds Warn Hunters Not To Leave Trailers Unattended

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — State wildlife officials are voicing their disapproval of an effort by federal officials to warn hunters not to leave unattended trailers in northern Arizona's national forests.

The Daily Courier reported that the U.S. Forest Service is getting complaints about hunters leaving trailers unattended for days so they can reserve spots. Federal officials said the vehicles could be vulnerable to theft or vandalism and could impede fire crews trying to conduct prescribed burns.

Tucson Bicycle Race Participant Dies After Collision

A 59-year-old man riding in a Tucson bicycle race is dead after a collision with a vehicle. Northwest Fire District Capt. Adam Goldberg said John S. Henderson of Tucson died Saturday at the scene of the crash on the eastbound frontage road of Interstate 10 near Sunset Road.

Henderson was participating in the El Tour de Tucson bike race, along with a friend from his job, who witnessed the incident. 

Adopt A Valley Family This Holiday Season

Valley charities are mounting an effort to provide for the needy this holiday season, and they say one way you can help is by adopting a family. 

“We are looking for people to adopt families. We have about 600 children in our adopt-a-family program, so we really need a lot of help with that," said Nicole Pena with the Phoenix Rescue Mission.

Pena said you get a child’s wish list, and the maximum donation is $50, so it is just a couple toys. You are also expected to provide a food box for the family.