Arizona Game and Fish is prepared to kill mountain lions in
the Catalina Mountains – if the animals kill bighorn sheep first. The
department is trying to protect its reintroduction of bighorns outside Tucson.
Firefighters in Show Low had their hands full with a blaze at a wood pellet manufacturing plant Tuesday. Fire Captain Brent Mix says they brought in air tankers to put slurry on it to prevent the flames from spreading, and to the scrub brush and propane tanks nearby.
State House members have given their approval to a new state budget, and it includes Medicaid expansion. The $8.8 billion spending plan was approved during a long session in which many Republican lawmakers, like Warren Peterson of Gilbert, protested that with only $8.
Arizona’s rural counties are pleased they will be getting a larger share of lottery revenues in the new state budget. Lawmakers stopped sharing the money with counties during the height of the recession.
A fire burning west of Prescott has charred 6,732 acres, so
far. Firefighters say the blaze, which
is 0 percent contained, has forced the evacuation of some 460 homes. One of those homes is owned by John Sears.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled approve a $2.2 billion budget Monday for the next fiscal year starting July 1. The budget will include raises for the county’s nearly 13,000 employees, their first in more than five years.
Businesses have reopened at Park Central Mall in Phoenix Tuesday after copper thieves stole dozens of expensive water pipes Monday. Phoenix police said the crime may be connected to a series of recent metal thefts in the area.
Thousands of music fans are expected to show up today in east Mesa for a rock concert known as the Warped Tour. With the temperature predicted to be more than 110 degrees, health and show officials are advising concert-goers to take precautions.
and Customs Enforcement officers say they've shut down an incomplete
drug-smuggling tunnel under the border at Nogales.
Spokeswoman Amber Cargile says the finding came during a routine inspection of
the main storm drain system on both sides of the border.
gambling at the Navajo Nation’s casino in Arizona just got the green light to
drink. Nation President Ben Shelly signed the bill expanding alcohol
consumption Monday. The move
follows the Navajo Nation Council’s Friday vote to allow drinking on casino
The terrain and vegetation here in the desert
may be different from other areas in the state that have been burned by
wildfires, but local firefighters face the same threats.
From left to right, Captain Dean Gehl and firemen Anthony Cain and Rob Clark of Scottsdale Fire Station 615.
Hundreds of people who were forced out of Yarnell are returning home Monday after a wildfire forced them to flee for safety more than a week ago. Vehicles lined up along the highway into Yarnell well before the evacuation order was lifted at 9 a.
season starts in the Valley, so does the season for the West Nile Virus. Three
cases of the mosquito-borne disease were reported in Maricopa County in June.
people contracted encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, the most
serious form of West Nile.
years, Chandler has been one of only cities in the area that outlaws urban
Chandler has been chewing on the urban chicken question for more than a year. Resident Joe Papay originally led the charge to allow hens in the city, after he and his family got in hot water over their brood.
The long standing controversy over cultural studies at the Tucson Unified School District continues. The district is under a federal court order to come up with a new ethnic studies curriculum after it ended its Mexican American Studies program, but now state authorities have complaints.
your jury summons. That is that mantra behind the county’s new rules, which will
force potential jurors who fail to respond to explain why in court. More than
half of Maricopa County residents who receive jury summons fail to respond.
monsoon didn’t last long, but its effects are still being felt. South of
Phoenix, the Wild West attraction known as Rawhide has closed temporarily to
deal with the storm’s damage.Rawhide
Western Town and Steakhouse always shuts down in August, but the recent
microburst moved the schedule up a few weeks.
Damaging storms are causing some to question how much climate change is costing Arizona. A look at insurance data suggests it could be more than a billion dollars a year and rising. Critics say it's impossible to prove climate change has caused any specific natural disaster, but Laurie Johnson of the Natural Resources Defense Council says a pattern is emerging.
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday the Food and
Drug Administration should never have approved the importation of an anesthetic
drug used in executions by lethal injections. Arizona was among three states that brought
the case to the appeals court.