Recent reports that hundreds of sick desert tortoises at a Nevada sanctuary might have to be put down have triggered a public outcry. The animals are found in Utah, California, Nevada and Arizona. Desert tortoises have trundled across the Southwest for 200 million years.
Holiday travelers may have to look
beyond Canyon Lake for the Labor Day weekend. The lake and part of the
surrounding Boulder Recreation area will be closed. The Salt River Project said Canyon Lake, about 45
minutes northeast of Mesa, will be lowered through the weekend, but it is not due to drought.
Legal same-sex marriages are now recognized under the federal tax code. The
U.S. Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday
that tax returns for same-sex marriages will be classified as married.
in Phoenix Thursday joined groups in dozens of other cities calling for higher
fast food wages.
A mariachi band plays as protesters hold up signs demanding higher wages for fast food workers in Central Phoenix Thursday.
Millions of Americans are getting health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act. One of the big groups to benefit from the law is adults under the age of 26 who can stay on their parents' policy, but just because you are covered does not mean you want mom and dad to know about that nagging rash.
The boards of directors of two Valley health care companies
have signed off on a deal to form a system-wide affiliation. Scottsdale
Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network earlier this year announced plans
to form Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network.
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.