Spectators in the city of Phoenix saw 355 shells per minute
explode in the night sky this Fourth of July. More than 75,000 residents watched the show at Steele Indian School Park, with thousands more
lining nearby streets.
Residents of about 350 homes in northwestern Arizona remain evacuated this morning, as firefighters
battle the Dean Peak
wildfire, in the Hualapai
Jan Bardwell said the blaze has grown to about 5400 acres, but that some
progress has been made.
helicopter pilots are being credited with helping the pilot of a small plane, after
his landing gear failed. Officer Darren Rigsby said he and his partner, both of
whom are flight instructors, were in the area when they found out about the
mechanical problems with the 1970 Cessna.
Every Independence Day, thousands of people crowd into Prescott's Pioneer Park for a huge, city-sponsored blowout. They bring their folding chairs, shade tents and coolers on wheels. But this time they've brought something else, too.
A volcano in Mexico
has forced several U.S. airlines to cancel dozens of flights, including out of Phoenix. Earlier
this week, authorities recorded several tremors at the 18,000 foot Popocatepetl volcano.
The medical examiners office in Phoenix has released autopsy results for the 19 hotshots who died Sunday in the Yarnell Hill Fire. The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s office performed all 19 autopsies Tuesday and called in extra staff to handle the workload.
As the country celebrates Independence Day, Prescott is still in mourning for the 19 firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire on Sunday. Holiday festivities are continuing -- but not as originally planned.
Arizona voters may get to decide whether to repeal a controversial provision of the new state budget involving school bonding. Right now, the amount school districts can borrow is tied to the value of all property in the district.
transportation in the East
Valley is ramped up for
the July 4 festivities. The light rail will operate on holiday hours for those celebrating July 4. (Photo courtesy of Valley Metro)
The light rail is operating on a holiday schedule,
running every 20 minutes.
A wildfire that killed 19 members of an elite hotshot crew Sunday continues to burn in Arizona. But officials are preparing to let people back into their homes after evacuations.
Yarnell Fire Chief Jim Koile and the Yarnell fire district board met Wednesday.
The terrain and vegetation here in the desert
may be different from other areas in the state that have been burned by
wildfires, but local firefighters face the same threats.
From left to right, Captain Dean Gehl and firemen Anthony Cain and Rob Clark of Scottsdale Fire Station 615.
Traffic on US Airways flights was up
7.3 percent in June.
File footage of a U.S. Airways plane. (Photo by Al Macias-KJZZ)
In addition to the boost in traffic, US Airways also reported a modest 1 percent
increase in passenger revenue, reversing two months of losses.
Dr. Michael Desmond, Harvard University Sociology Professor and former wildland firefighter in Northern Arizona, considers the vital role firefighters play in protecting the land. He also reflects on the inherent danger in the job and his sadness at the loss of 19 lives in the Yarnell Hill Fire.
Scientists who study the Southwest drought said the extremely dry conditions will likely increase the danger of catastrophic wildfires. University of Arizona Climate Science Professor Gregg Garfin talked about whether the conditions are expected to get worse and how government planning should take that into account.
The Glendale City Council has approved an agreement for the management of Jobing.com Arena, freeing up the National Hockey League to approve a new Phoenix Coyotes ownership group.One of the Coyotes' new owners, Anthony LeBlanc, discussed why he thinks the Valley will be a successful market for professional hockey.