President Trump announced via Twitter last night that Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin massive deportations next week. The target? Immigrants who have been found by a federal court to be in the country illegally.
It’s been five years since the Phoenix Fire Department described an electronic reporting system as the single most important improvement it needed to make. It’s been four years since the City Council approved funding for the new system, but no deal has been made.
Gov. Doug Ducey says there’s been a bit of “mission creep” on the part of the Arizona Corporation Commission, and that his office and the Legislature should maybe be more involved in some areas of energy regulation.
As of Tuesday morning, the Woodbury Fire has burned more than 40,000 acres and is only six percent contained. However, it is still not a direct threat to most communities as it continues to burn in the low canyons of the mountains.
Two Arizonan committees are on a business trip in Mexico City. One of them is from Phoenix and focuses on innovation and trade, while the other is from Tucson and looks to strengthen research and education.
The U.S. Forest Service temporarily closed the Fossil Springs Trail, citing emergency response strains. Local responders, however, said a different response is needed at the trail, which is located about 20 miles south of Camp Verde.
The Prescott National Forest is implementing a two-year camping ban in a popular area to help it recover from human impact. The area runs along the Verde River, stretching from Cottonwood to south of Camp Verde.
Dozens of local and federal governing boards and private companies — ranging from the city of San Luis to FedEx — are calling on the federal government to push through funding for more port inspectors.
Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers says, “the committee shall study, gather input, and develop recommendations regarding the earned release credit system for prisoners, specifically whether and how the system could be reformed to allow additional credits to be earned by prisoners.”
Arizona is among 14 states targeted by a civic engagement group seeking to increase voter registration. Page Gardner, president of the Voter Participation Center, said their goal is to encourage underrepresented people to participate in elections.
“My daughter is terrified to this day of the police, wet the bed. She wakes up in the middle of the night crying. My 1-year-old is so attached to me, I literally can’t go nowhere without her,” Iesha Harper said.
The Arizona Teacher Academy more than doubled its enrollment in its second year of existence. There is more good news for the academy, which promises to pay the tuition of anyone who earns a degree from a public university in Arizona and goes on to teach in Arizona schools.
As several wildfires continue to rage across the state, there are a few that are burning on purpose. Three are planned near the Grand Canyon. Fire managers plan to burn an area as early as Tuesday depending on conditions.
The Mountain Fire east of Cave Creek is 76 percent contained. Lakes near the fire are open again for recreation activities. Bartlett Dam Lake and Horseshoe Lake are now once again open to the public after being closed so firefighters could conduct containment operations.