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One of the most scenic spots in the city is the Phoenix Mountain Preserve that runs up along State Route 51.The area is also known as the Dreamy Draw. You might think the name comes from its majestic views, but as Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez tells us you’d be wrong.
October 11, 2013
South Phoenix is getting some transportation attention: Valley Metro has plans for a light rail line in the area. It’s holding two public hearings next week on the proposal. Spokeswoman Susan Tierney said the line would connect to the existing one at Jefferson, and then head south on Central, to about Baseline.
October 11, 2013
The U.S. Interior Department says it will consider requests from states to use their own money to reopen some national parks that have been closed as part of the federal government shutdown.The Grand Canyon has gotten a lot of love since the federal government closed its doors -- and the gates to national parks.
October 11, 2013
Fall is date harvest season. In Arizona, harvesting the sweet fruit is in full swing at one Arizona State University campus. That’s where one of the country’s largest diverse date palm farms is located.
October 11, 2013
Teen pregnancy rates have reached an all-time low, according to the Centers For Disease Control. Arizona has the sixth highest teen pregnancy rate in the country according to a national study.
October 11, 2013
It is time to hit the road and visit another of the Valley’s threatened places as determined by the Arizona Preservation Foundation’s Most Endangered Historic Places list. The Glendale Tract Community Center.
October 11, 2013
An agency that found problems with the way the Arizona Medical Board was licensing doctors says the board has begun to clean up its act. The Arizona Ombudsman-Citizen Aide report says the board was more interested in speeding up the licensing process than ensuring a doctor needed a license.
October 11, 2013
One of four Americans suffers with some form of mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Media Relations director Bob Carolla says one of the biggest challenges is that treatment and services are more limited in lower-income areas.
October 11, 2013
A Coconino County Sheriff’s search and rescue team has located three people who were overdue on a hiking trip in the rugged West Fork area of Oak Creek Canyon. Spokesman Gerry Blair says the 73-year-old Flagstaff man, who was with a 31-year-old man and woman from Michigan, went out Sunday and were due back Tuesday night.
October 11, 2013
Arizona officials are still waiting for details of any possible plan to reopen Grand Canyon National Park. And, Governor Brewer’s press aide, Andrew Wilder says even though the Interior Department has announced it would consider offers from the states to use local dollars to fund park operations, a conversation with Secretary Sally Jewell provided few details.
October 11, 2013
A former lobbyist for the Fiesta Bowl has been indicted by a state grand jury. The indictments cover campaign contributions made to several current and former Arizona politicians.Gary Husk was a lobbyist for the Fiesta Bowl.
October 10, 2013
The Obama administration says it may allow states to use their own money to re-open some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown. Governor Jan Brewer is one of a handful of governors who have been asking for that.
October 10, 2013
Hopping on a train is not only about getting from one place to another. It’s about the passengers and artifacts along the way that define the city you’re in and give you a sense of place and pulse.
October 10, 2013
Arizona election officials have completed an initial step in determining whether a referendum submitted by opponents of a recently approved election law will be on the ballot next year.Opponents of the law, which would trim the state’s permanent voting list and limit who can return mail-in ballots for a voter, have filed what they say are more than 146,000 petition signatures in an effort to force a statewide vote.
October 10, 2013
An investigation by an independent legislative agency found that the board that licenses doctors in Arizona broke state law by not following proper licensing procedures and violated other regulations. The board has reprimanded its executive director and is making changes to the way it reviews license applications, The Arizona Ombudsman’s Office launched the investigation after a complaint from a staffer on the Arizona Medical Board.
October 10, 2013
The storm front kicking up winds and dust here in the Valley is also bringing lower temperatures, and up north the thermometer is really going to drop. Flagstaff residents better have their ice scrapers and snow shovels ready when they get up Thursday morning.
October 10, 2013
Arizona veterans could have their benefits cut off if the government shutdown is not over by Nov. 1. That was the message the Veterans Affairs Secretary delivered Wednesday to a congressional committee.
October 09, 2013
Part of the intensity of the Phoenix City Council’s District 8 race has been related to the assertion by some that the council seat should be held by an African-American. Former Councilman Calvin Goode has said that when the district system in Phoenix was instituted, "It was determined that District 7 would be for Latinos and District 8 would be for African-Americans.
October 09, 2013
The tragic Yarnell Hill Fire has a continuing impact. Last weekend, an official report on the fire was released. In the ensuing days, Prescott’s fire chief agreed to leave his position, and the Yarnell Fire district chief resigned.
October 09, 2013
The Phoenix City Council is in the midst of change. Once results are official following Election Day on Nov. 5, there will be two new members of the council. One will come from District 8 in south Phoenix.
October 09, 2013

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