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Dean Peak Fire grows to 5400 acres but sees progress
Residents of about 350 homes in northwestern Arizona remain evacuated this morning, as firefighters battle the Dean Peak wildfire, in the Hualapai Mountains. Spokeswoman Jan Bardwell said the blaze has grown to about 5400 acres, but that some progress has been made.
Sept. 20, 2013
Case Examines Redistricting In Arizona: In Favor Of Democrats Or Inclusive Of Minorities?
The decision last month by the United States Supreme Court on the Voting Rights Act could impact a bid by Republicans here in Arizona to throw out the map of legislative districts adopted by the Independent Redistricting Commission.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pros and Cons Of Light Rail In Scottsdale
Since starting in 2008, the Valley’s Metro Light Rail has served Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. The system has been more popular among riders than many had anticipated. An Interstate-10 West extension is on the way, and a central Mesa extension is expected to be operating by mid 2015, but the idea of light rail in Scottsdale has never gained traction.
Sept. 20, 2013
Low Valley Summer Resort Rates Could Mean Recovered Economy
Tourism is slowly rebounding nationwide as the economy starts to recover. The Phoenician Hotel and pool. (Photo courtesy of The Phoenician) In Tucson, the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism wraps up Friday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Garino: Border Patrol should not add razor-wire to border fence.
The mayor of Nogales, Ariz. is criticizing a proposal to increase border security by topping the border fence with razor-wire. Arturo Garino thinks a better idea would be to shift Border Patrol agents from checkpoints in the interior of the state, to the border.
Sept. 20, 2013
The Business of Health Care And Mergers In Arizona
The business of health care. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act has many providers and physicians wondering about what is to come, and both for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals and health care systems are exploring mergers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Public Lands Are Plagued With Vandalism
A couple months ago, vandals sprayed nearly 50 tags at Saguaro National Park east of Tucson, including more than a dozen of the iconic cactuses that cover the landscape. An example of vandalism at the BLM site.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fewer Acres Of State and Federal Land Burned In Fires This Year
Fire officials in the state say, despite the loss of lives in the Yarnell Hill wildfire, the number of acres burned this fire season was the smallest in years. Carrie Dennett of the state Forestry Division says about 91,000 acres of state and federal land were charred this year, but that compares to over 200,000, a year ago.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former ASU Professor Explains The Art Of Writing
The craft of writing and maybe even more so the act of finishing the project, whether it is a journal, a short story or a novel, is extremely personal. Ron Carlson is a critically-acclaimed novelist, but he has also been a professor of writing for nearly 30 years, 20 of those at Arizona State University.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sprouts Farmer Markets Decision To Go Public Met With Mixed Reaction
This week, Sprouts Farmers Market announced it is going public. The Phoenix-based grocery chain has grown very quickly, and some industry observers think it is on track for continued success, but not everyone sees the kale and quinoa seller as a healthy investment.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former Baseball Pitcher And El Paso Native Identified As Drowning Victim
Dive teams continued to search Bartlett Lake Monday for the body of a man went into the water Sunday and never resurfaced. It was not immediately known who the victim was, but today the family of former Major League Baseball pitcher Frank Castillo told KVIA El Paso in a statement that it was Castillo who drowned in the lake.
Sept. 20, 2013
Police Arrest Vandal For Tagging Saguaros
A teenager has been arrested for vandalizing 16 saguaros and spraying dozens of other tags at Saguaro National Park east of Tucson. The black spray paint was discovered along a 3-mile stretch of the Douglas Spring Trail in May.
Sept. 20, 2013
Congressman Gosar Questions Phony Scandals
Arizona Republican Congressman Paul Gosar took to the floor of the U.S. House Wednesday to question President Obama's use of the phrase 'phony scandals' to refer to issues like the 'Fast & Furious' gun-walking program and the recent IRS scandal that has plagued his administration.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tempe Development Projects Influence The Valley
Tempe is primed for new development projects in and around downtown. The city has long used infill development as a way to boost its tax base, but now some other Valley cities are looking to use the same approach.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona State University Students May Live In Four-Star Hotel
More than 80 students may have to call a four-star hotel their “home” when classes start at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus August 22. For the first time, Taylor Place, the only dorm on campus, is overcrowded.
Sept. 20, 2013
Staff Changes And The Future Of Arizona Theatre Company
A few weeks ago, we talked with the longtime artistic director of Arizona Theatre Company, David Ira Goldstein, about his plans to retire from the company following two decades in charge. It was around that time The Arizona Republic reported the company was $1 million in the red.
Sept. 20, 2013
President Obama Expected To Sign Bill Lowering College Student Loan Rates
President Obama is scheduled to sign a bill Friday that will lower college student loan rates. After months of congressional wrangling and a missed deadline, loan rates doubled on July 1. The Senate and House approved a new bill just before the summer recess.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson Reviews Proposal To Fine Store Owners For Abandoned Shopping Carts
The Tucson City Council is fed up with abandoned shopping carts, and it is reviewing a proposal to fine retailers who are repeat offenders.  Store owners would see the fines added to their city water bills each month.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Home Furniture Market Picking Up
The home furnishing industry is starting to pick up again as the nation’s housing market continues to improve. According to Furniture Today, an industry newspaper, sales are expected to increase more than 4 percent this year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Kingman Motel Gets Route 66 Grant
Kingman’s Hill Top Motel is getting a renovation. It was recently awarded Arizona’s only National Park Service Route 66 grant. Hill Top Motel has been around since the 1950s and is now undergoing a renovation.
Sept. 20, 2013

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