The state of Arizona and Coconino County have both
issued emergency declarations after the collapse of a section of US 89, south
of Page, late last month. County spokesman Nathan Gonzales says the actions
free up additional resources to start work on the 150-foot section of roadway
that buckled and slid several feet
down a mountainside.
Governor Jan Brewer says she does not believe the
Department of Homeland Security needed to release illegal immigrants
from federal detention centers. Federal
officials say the release of approximately 2,000 people, reportedly 300 of
them in Arizona,
was necessary because of automatic spending cuts forced by sequestration.
Arizona public schools
expect to lose more than 30-million dollars under the automatic federal budget
cuts that started this week under sequestration. Some
of the state’s hardest hit districts depend on “Title One” federal funds for disadvantaged children
with special needs.
The state fund that holds and invests money from the
sale of Arizona
trust land has topped $4 billion for the first time ever. State Treasurer Doug
Ducey says the state's Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund hit the $4 billion
mark at the end of February.
The Air Force is joining other military branches in suspending tuition assistance that thousands of active-duty service members rely on to pay for college classes. An Air Force spokeswoman says airmen were notified by email that new applications for tuition assistance won't be accepted because of the automatic spending cuts that took effect at the start of the month.
hazardous waste site in downtown Phoenix has been cleaned-up by the Arizona
Department of Environmental Quality. It’s the first time the state has completed its
own superfund project.
The state DEQ removed more
than 6,000 tons of shredded metal and auto parts from the 10-acre site at
Buckeye Road and Fifth Street near the Chase Field ballpark.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors could have a new member by the end of the week. Supervisor Max Wilson resigned from the board due to health concerns earlier this year. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports there is no shortage of people applying for the job.
Spring arrived in Arizona early Wednesday morning, at 4:02 local time. And, as KJZZ’s Dennis Lambert reports from Phoenix, winter was about average this year. The 30-year average says the Phoenix area should get 3.
For eight weeks every winter, the desert outside Apache
Junction gets downright Medieval. The Arizona Renaissance Festival is about 40
miles – and 500 years – from Phoenix. I recently visited the fair, which
continues weekends through March, with one goal in mind: to find the most
fascinating person at the party.
Mayor Greg Stanton says gun owners can turn in their unwanted firearms at the
city’s buyback program in May. The city is using money from a private donor
to give out gift cards to anyone who wants to get rid of their weapons.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said
cases of Valley Fever in Arizona and some other Southwestern states rose
dramatically between 1998 and 2011. The CDC says there were a little more than
2,200 cases in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah in
1998 , but that by 2011, those states reported more than 22,000 cases.
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorp Phoenix is the project that
records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
Institute for Public Policy, in partnership with KJZZ, hosted a forum on
bullying Tuesday. KJZZ's Mark Brodie moderated a panel discussion,
included Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections Director Charles
Westwood High School’s Counseling Department Chair Anna Cicero, State
Representative Eric Meyer and the Morrison Institute’s Senior Analyst
Statistician Eric Hedberg.
There is a bridge with no
name over the Santa Cruz
River. A ribbon-cutting ceremony
was held last week in the community of Rio Rico. But the Santa Cruz County Board
of Supervisors can’t agree on what to call it.
The Sky Train is now open. The automated, free airport transportation system is running through Sky Harbor International Airport from Terminal 4 to the Metro Light Rail stop.
The Sky Train takes travelers from Terminal 4 to the East Economy Parking lot and to the 44th Street and Washington Light Rail train.
After a four-decade ban, the Scottsdale City Council has approved the return of ice cream trucks to the city's neighborhoods.Leo Blavin, who helped the charge to overturn the ban, explained why he thinks it is a good idea.
Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have
required certain health care providers to have lists of what some of their
services cost.The bill would have applied to at least the 25 most common
services and would have required providers to post their direct pay price.
If you come across a wild tortoise in the desert, it’s best
to leave it there. That might sound like obvious advice, but desert tortoises are continually removed from their habitat.
Once a tortoise like this one is removed from the wild, it can never return.