Despite years of
using private aircraft to fight forest fires, the Forest Service and Interior
Department do not know how effective the aircraft are against wildfires. That is
one of the findings from a study by the Government Accountability Office.
Gov. Jan Brewer has selected a new leader of the Arizona National Guard. He will replace a general who ran the agency for five years. Brewer appointed Col. Michael McGuire as the next adjutant general of the Arizona National Guard.
A year-long investigation into the illegal sale of
prescription drugs by the Mesa Police Department has resulted in 12 arrests so
far. The department’s Street Crimes Unit has spent the last 12
months looking into people who either own or operate Yerberia shops in the
In 2010, Fronteras Desk contributor Lorne Matalon rode on a train known as
La Bestia (The Beast) ferrying Central Americans through Mexico. That
train derailed last weekend, killing at least six Hondurans and
critically injuring at least 16 others.
A Republican state lawmaker is now officially exploring a possible candidacy for secretary of state. Scottsdale state Sen. Michele Reagan had formed an exploratory committee for her candidacy in December then left the paperwork blank on which office she planned to pursue.
The United States State Department has lifted travel
warnings for Rocky Point, a Mexican beach town southwest of Tucson, but travelers should still exercise
caution. The Arizona Daily Star said the government recommends using the
Lukeville boarder crossing in order to limit driving through Mexico, and the State Department urges U.
A new Rocky Mountain poll indicates Arizona voters are divided on the job being
done by Republican Gov.Jan Brewer. Jim Haynes is with the Behavior Research
Center in Phoenix.
“Thirty-one percent rates the governor highly—that is doing
an excellent or good job,” said Jim Haynes with the Behavior
There's a warning this morning that a new appellate court
ruling could make police officers think twice about performing rescues. The
case involves Department of Public Safety officer Ross Read who permanently injured his knee while rescuing
a woman who had flipped her truck.
Police in Prescott Valley have arrested a Cottonwood
man for threatening workers in a grocery store with a meat tenderizing mallet. Sergeant
Brandon Bonney said 34-year-old Jason Thrift was taken into custody after he
could not locate his wife and 18-month-old child.
Four Phoenix City Council seats were up for a vote in Tuesday's election, and there will be a runoff election for two of the seats. Incumbents Jim Waring and Sal DiCiccio secured re-election in Districts 2 and 6.
A judge has ruled the Maricopa County Attorney's Office can
move forward with plans to retry a high-profile murder case. :Debra Milke’s lawyers had argued the county attorney’s
office was pursuing the case for political reasons.
Phoenix was blanketed by a dust cloud Monday night as a storm blew through the
central and western parts of the metro area. Between a quarter and three
quarters of an inch of rain fell. Tempe saw downed trees and power lines.
Some New Mexico officials are urging the Arizona Corporation Commission
not to deregulate electricity sales. They contend the decision in Arizona could decimate the New
Mexico economy.The Arizona Corporation Commission is considering
deregulating the state's electric market.
Former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, gave her
farewell speech as Homeland Security Secretary today, praising the department's
response to critical issues during her tenure. But, she ended her address by giving
advice to her successor, saying that security problems will continue,
“Many things still need tending and my successor will
most certainly have a full plate on his or her hands,” Napolitano said.
Federal officials have agreed not to try to capture and relocate wolves that enter Arizona, from Mexico. The United States Fish and
Wildlife Service has been involved in a reintroduction program for the wolves
for nearly two decades, but the announcement that Mexico was launching its own
reintroduction program, just south of the border, caused complications.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says it has
erected its first cross marking
the death of an illegal border crosser, since announcing an effort to put the
GPS markers along I-8 just over a week ago.
Another dust storm and thunderstorm blew through the Phoenix metropolitan area last night, after heavy rain
fell on many parts of western Arizona.
Winds from the approaching storm system around sundown pushed a hazy brown cloud
over most of the Valley.
PHOENIX (AP) — Three federal judges have been appointed to hear a constitutional challenge to the state's redistricting commission process.The Republican-controlled Legislature led by Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker Andy Tobin filed suit in federal court in June 2012.
Deregulating Arizona’s electric market may change
how much you pay for electricity. Later this year, the Arizona Corporation
Commission will hold hearings on this issue. The Residential Utility Consumer Office heard from business and residential users this morning.
Retired astronaut Mark Kelley became a crusader for tougher gun control laws after his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was shot. We'll talk to him about the political realities of trying to pass stiffer gun laws.