November 2013

Hopi Tribe Elects New Chairman

The vice chairman of the Hopi Tribe has been elected its new chairman. 

The election results remain unofficial, but Herman Honanie will take the oath of office next month. He succeeds Le Roy Shingoitewa, who failed to make it past the primary election.

Honanie got 58 percent of the vote on Wednesday to beat out former Vice Chairman Todd Honyaoma Sr. Turnout topped the previous general election, with 1,775 Hopis casting ballots.

Flake Bill Could Keep Parks Open During Government Shutdowns

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake has introduced a bill aimed at keeping national parks and other public land open during future government shutdowns.  

The Public Access to Public Lands Guarantee Act would require the federal government to enter into an agreement with a state or local government that is willing to pay to keep parks open. Flake said it seeks to prevent the feds from denying or delaying the negotiation of such deals.

Arizona Continues To Fight Mussel Invasion

Clean, drain, dry.

That is the law, and the mantra Game and Fish is trying to instill in boaters who visit quagga-invested waters, and starting Jan. 1, 2014, citations will be issued in spots like Lakes Mead, Havasu, Mohave and Pleasant.

Quagga mussels are tiny, but they are a big threat to lakes and rivers across Arizona.

Game and Fish spokesman Bill Andres said quaggas can grow to the size of a dime or quarter but can be microscopic when young.  

Mark Kelly Visits The Valley, Gives Giffords Update

January 8, 2011. The shootings by Jared Loughner at a Tucson Safeway destroyed a number of lives and transformed countless others. The incident has left former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords still working on therapy to overcome the brain injury she suffered.

On Friday at 8 p.m., the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will host Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, in an event called “Endeavor to Succeed.” Kelly spoke with us prior to the event.

Maryvale Hospital Ranks Last In Newborn Screening

On Sunday, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel published an in-depth report on how states are doing with the requirement to draw a bit of blood from newborns and have the blood tested for a number of possible conditions or disorders within 24 to 72 hours. According to the data, Maryvale Hospital in Phoenix had the worst record last year, with 70 percent of newborn screening samples arriving at the state's testing lab at least five days after they were collected.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporter Ellen Gabler put together the investigative package for the paper.

Mary Ellen Cunningham, chief of the Bureau of Women’s and Children’s Health at the Arizona Department of Health Services, explained what Arizona is doing to try to improve the situation.

Read Gabler's full story below.

Delays at hospitals across the country undermine newborn screening programs, putting babies at risk (via The Journal Sentinel)

By Ellen Gabler of the Journal Sentinel
Nov. 16, 2013
The baby in Arkansas seems healthy at birth. Warm, fuzzy skin. A normal weight. But Aiden Cooper can't keep down formula. Don't worry, he's fine, doctors assure his mother as they leave the hospital…

'Stand Your Ground' Community Forum To Be Held This Weekend

The so-called “stand your ground” law is in effect in 22 states including Arizona. According to the National Council of State Legislatures, at least nine of those states use specific language that a person may “stand his or her ground” in response to a suspected attacker.

Even with that number of states, it is safe to say most people were not familiar with the term until the case of George Zimmerman shooting and killing Trayvon Martin in Florida in February of 2012.