James Arthur Ray is set to be released Friday from the Arizona State Prison system. Ray was found guilty in 2011 of three counts of negligent homicide following a sweat lodge ceremony. The charges stemmed from a sweat lodge ceremony hosted by Ray, near Sedona, in October of 2009.
completely contained the Yarnell Hill Fire this week, but the landscape surrounding
the burn area will likely be affected for years to come. That is partially
because wildfires and flash floods often go hand in hand.
A new report makes the case that some birds are not adapting well to the pace of a changing climate and says the U.S. should be doing more about it. The report from the National Wildlife Federation said many species are struggling with climate change.
years, Chandler has been one of only cities in the area that outlaws urban
Chandler has been chewing on the urban chicken question for more than a year. Resident Joe Papay originally led the charge to allow hens in the city, after he and his family got in hot water over their brood.
Coconino County health authorities said a second resident has been diagnosed with hantavirus, but the woman is recovering. Officials say they are investigating where the woman contracted the virus.Authorities say a Flagstaff woman died last month from complications of the disease.
Phoenix and Tucson rank very high in a new national forecast for economic growth. The Brookings Institute report said Phoenix took first place and Tucson second for job creation among the top 100 cities during the first quarter of 2013.
Women’s sand volleyball is coming to Arizona State
University next spring. The athletic department is still making plans to build
courts on campus, but players have already signed up for tryouts.
Women's sand volleyball will be a welcome addition to ASU athletics next spring.
Wildfire season in Arizona and the West is getting longer, and the potential for catastrophic fires is growing. Journalist Michael Kodas has been in Arizona following the aftermath of the Yarnell Hill Fire.
At the end of June, the state transportation board decided that part of Arizona State Route 260 West of Interstate 17 needed to be widened at a cost of more than $65 million. It will be the biggest rural highway project in the state over the next several years, but Arizona Department of Transportation engineers did not even recommend the work.
Late last month, the Obama Administration announced a new senior advisor position, the first-ever liaison to Native American tribes on environmental issues, and the man filling the position will be Arizona state Senator Jack Jackson Jr.
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.
On Tuesday, a memorial service attended by Vice President Joe Biden, Senator John McCain and other diginitaries paid tribute to the 19 firefighters who were killed by the out of control blaze. Less than two weeks after that tragedy, residents are returning home and trying to get back to what had been normal life.
A year-long study has started for a proposed Union Pacific Railroad switch yard near Picacho Peak. The project includes the construction of multiple train tracks and commercial warehouses next to Interstate Ten between Phoenix and Tucson.
Don’t get in any rush to travel U.S. 89 between Flagstaff and Page. The highway rebuilding process is going to take some time.The Arizona Department of Transportation says it could be more than two years before you can travel the now-closed section of highway.
Recent rains and higher humidity are allowing forest
officials in northern Arizona to relax
restrictions in the Coconino and Kaibab
National Forests. Spokesman
Brady Smith says that'll give people using the forests some leeway.
As firefighters wrap up work on the Dean Peak Fire,
south of Kingman, homeowners are being urged to keep their eyes on the weather.
The 5,000 acre fire has charred the vegetation in some Hualapai Mountain
areas, leaving mud and exposed rock behind.
The Navajo and Hopi tribes are back in federal court,
this time over access to religious sites. The tribes have fought for more than
a century over land in northeastern Arizona,
but a settlement in 2006 was supposed to end the battle.
Just days after 19 sons and husbands were killed on the job in Yarnell, people from around the country came together for a massive public memorial. Thousands of first responders, community members, and volunteers honored their sacrifice, and made it clear that the people who have lost loved ones are far from alone.
season starts in the Valley, so does the season for the West Nile Virus. Three
cases of the mosquito-borne disease were reported in Maricopa County in June.
people contracted encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, the most
serious form of West Nile.